WHAT PORTLAND IS SAYING ABOUT LAUREN WEEDMAN’S SHOW BUST…
From the HEADOUT PICK in the Willamette Week:
“I love blurring the line between truth and fiction, mostly because you can make things funnier,” [Lauren] says. “Plus, I can be really honest about my life because you don’t know what’s true. Then I can say, ‘Oh! You were offended by that? Yeah, that part was made up.’”
Torn from PORTLAND MERCURY My What a Busy Week!
“[Lauren is] an engaging and exhilarating performer whose story
hits the perfect note between theater and honest storytelling.”
Super awesome interview with Lauren by BYRON BECK HERE!
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BUST is Lauren Weedman‘s semi-autobiographical work built around her experiences working as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California prison for women. With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a hilarious, poignant, and completely unforgettable ride.
The Stranger in Seattle said about BUST: “Comedy is clearly one of Lauren Weedman’s gifts – the other is specificity. For an autobiographical solo performer who portrays herself as a self-involved goofball who’s constantly putting her foot in her mouth, she has a remarkable ability to empathize with a galaxy of characters, from twitchy meth addicts to piggish Hollywood directors.
Bust, directed by Allison Narver, is a study in such empathy. Weedman – an actor and former Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent who lives in Los Angeles – volunteers to be an inmates’ advocate in a women’s jail. She wants to help people, right some wrongs, and “do something that isn’t about me.” Her primary task is to listen, but talking is what she does best, sometimes with (brilliantly) disastrous results.
It’s easy to forget that Weedman is a solo performer, evoking the conflicting moods of a roomful of people all by her lonesome. In two scenes, she enacts a string of inmates’ friends and relatives, sitting along the bulletproof visitation wall, talking on the telephone receivers to the prisoners. She wheels herself from station to station in a rolling chair becoming, in seconds, an old woman praying, wanting to press her hands on the Plexiglas but disgusted with its grime, then a screaming woman with a screaming child, then a randy man insisting “lemme see that ass,” then her slouching self. She leaps from one persona to the next, bounding across gaps of race, class, and gender like an acrobat.”
APRIL 16th & 17th — TWO NIGHTS ONLY
6637 Milwaukie Ave
DRINKS/FOOD 7:00PM — SHOW 8:00PM
21 AND OVER ONLY
$17 online — $20 door
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“Lauren Weedman is the funniest woman alive…”
– The Stranger
“…she’s just plain funny, physically and verbally.”
-The New York Times
“A horrific, hilarious journey…Weedman…has seemingly swallowed a cast of hundreds.”
– Seattle Weekly
“Bust is very, very funny; some of it is poignant; and it whizzes by in a glimmer!”
– Talkin’ Broadway
WRITERS & PERFORMERS… CHECK OUT THE WORKSHOPS HERE
LAUREN IS TEACHING!!!