Press Release

With a sudden schedule opening by a generous invitation from Celebration Theatre @ The Lex, The RAH Theater Co. has jumped at the opportunity to bring their Hollywood Fringe hit to a Los Angeles small theater institution…

The RAH Theater Company announces a new staging of their critically acclaimed original comedy, The 7th Annual One-Man Show World Championships opening September 4 at the new Celebration Theatre at the Lex, every Friday and Saturday night from Sept. 4 – Oct. 10.

A biting yet affectionate satire of the solo show phenomenon set against the backdrop of the World Championships in Omaha, watch as four regional champs clash in this year’s Tourney of the JourneysAn audience favorite at this Summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, the production received 10 Fringe Award nominations (including Top of Fringe and Best Comedy) and won three (Theatre Unleashed Best Actor for Darin Toonder, Spirit of the Fringe Best Male Performance for Jim Hanna and The Encore Producer’s Award).

Trent “The Soul Mirror” Isaacs is the 6-time reigning, defending world champion, returning to crush and humiliate the competition at this year’s One-Man Show World Championships with his epic piece, Stumbling Toward Valhalla. All of the other regional champs are playing for 2nd place: Ally, the over-earnest and far too graphic little firecracker telling the story of her path from girl to woman in Who Moved My Yurt? Shelby and her terrifically inappropriate re-imagining of the life of Sharon Tate, I Am Not Mrs. Polanski. And the wildcard of the group, the second runner up at the West Regionals sent as a substitute, Gary. Can this rookie and complete unknown shock the solo show community and pull the upset? Tears will flow, impressions of elderly family members will fly and ponderous journeys of self-discovery will play out in this brutal send-up.

Directed by Caitlin Rucker   Written by Jim Hanna

Trent: Darin Toonder (Modern Family, Parks & Recreation, Castle, Jeff the Cat)
Danny: Forrest Lancaster (Passing Proper, Bent, About Abigail)
Ally: Tamara Lynn Davis (Hot in Cleveland, How I Met Your Mother)
Shelby: Sarah Chaney (Fringe award winners Doomsday Cabaret, Exorcistic and Werewolves of Hollywood Blvd.)
Gary: Jim Hanna (LA Drama Critic’s Circle Best Actor and two-time nominee, LA Weekly Best Actor, Ray Donovan, Parks & Recreation)