GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This is Maddie Howard

This is Maddie Howard performing Action/ReAction in a preview of The Best Friend--a one-woman show I've been writing for her. Having a one-woman (or one-man) show to your credit as an actor is an extraordinary accomplishment and it is quite a feat to be able to pull it off. Every moment must be what we would call in literary circles a 'page turner'. The most famous in my recollection was the extraordinary show Mark Twain Tonight! conceived and performed by Hal Holbrook in the 50s.

Holbrook's performed his one-man show Off-Broadway in 1954 and took it to Broadway in 1966. He later won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and an Emmy Award for the 1967 television version produced by David Susskind on CBS. In all, Holbrook has performed the piece more than 2000 times since 1954. This year marked the 60th consecutive year that Holbrook has performed Mark Twain Tonight! Quite an annuity...

Others who have attempted one-man shows are Spalding Gray, Chaz Palminteri, Holly Hughes, Julie Harris and Patrick Stewart.

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