About/Bios

Philadelphia, PA Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman have created a two-woman, one-woman show. Teething Emotionalities: WOOF will premiere in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Friday September 11th at 8pm and Saturday September 12th at 8pm at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. in West Philly.

Both UArts alumna and former Philly residents, Tabitha and Alyson bonded when their respective sketch comedy troupes collaborated on a show. Tabitha had performed a one-woman show in the Bad Theater Festival entitled Write if You Get Work, chronicling her years of drunken unemployment, while Alyson performed the solo show Oh god What Have I Done? at The Cherry Lane Theater, where she talked openly about porn as well as vacationing in Hawaii with her family. The two realized that they had similar comedic sensibilities as well as complementary themes – Alyson’s being “Choices” and Tabitha’s being “Changes,” so they decided to collaborate on a longer piece. They began digging through old photos, journal entries, and 90s childhood VHS, and brought in Rich Wexler to create a visual narrative with original video artwork. After workshopping the piece, Tabitha and Alyson ended up with a series of comedic monologues seamlessly flowing back and forth as they describe important lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives.

“Teething, like as a baby, is painful,with regular teeth or emotional teeth.” says Alyson. “Growing up, we tried so hard to hide these god-awful things and keep them discreetly swept under the rug. Ironically, later in life, we celebrate them and parade them about and use them to make others and ourselves feel better.”

Tabitha adds, “When I moved to a new town in 8th grade, none of the kids at school would really talk to me, some of the boys even barked at me. I had an old VHS camcorder and I used to make home movies with my brother and sister. It was the only way I managed to stay sane. Then, of course, I grew up to be an alcoholic screenwriter. After years of desperately repressing the truth I now flaunt it proudly, like a feather-boa made out of jokes.”

The show is produced through the West Philly theater company Project Arts as well as The Rotunda, the historic venue and community center. Both Tabitha and Alyson have been performing sketch comedy and stand-up for a number of years and are excited to bring their experience to this Fringe production. While the “emotionalities” they explore may be harsh at times, they ultimately bring the audience a joyful and uplifting experience – the key message is “You are not alone!”

 

Tabitha Vidaurri, writer/performer.  Tabitha has been working as a writer and comedian for the past decade. She graduated from UArts in 2005 with a BFA in Writing for Film and Television, and her senior film Death Placenta screened at Palm Springs Shortfest, The New York International Film and Video Festival and The Faux Film Festival. She lived in Philadelphia from 2001-2010, during which time her comedy troupe, The Sixth Borough, performed regularly at Connie’s Ric Rac. She currently works in the New York-based sketch comedy duo Unisex, often doing shows at Under St. Mark’s Theater, The PIT and The Treehouse Theater. Unisex has also produced a number of popular short videos for Funny or Die. Tabitha has performed in the Toronto, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee sketch comedy festivals, as well as the 2007, 2008 & 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and The Out of Bounds Fest in Austin, TX.  Tabitha has done plays in various off-Broadway venues including Dixon Place, The New Ohio Theater, HB Studios, The Cherry Lane Theater and The Bad Theater Festival. She wrote and directed the short play, Girl, Please, as part of OYE! Avant Garde Night at The Bushwick Starr in June 2015. She’s the head writer for Prove it All Night! a live comedy variety show on WFMU, and she has written for a number of publications including Dangerous Minds, Publishers Weekly, The Jersey City Independent, The Comedians Magazine and the animated Disney series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil. For more info visit tabithavidaurri.com.

Alyson Goodman, writer/performer.  Alyson graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in 2008. Clowning, sketch comedy, stand-up, and her true love of dark comedy have been her constant pursuit, passion, love, and show of growth. Alyson regularly performs with the cult sketch comedy troupe FUCT at The Cherry Lane Theater and The PIT, as well as numerous sketch comedy festivals across the country.  She currently just started performing with her sketch comedy group, “Made To Be Late,” and will be touring with them as well through NYC and across the country because women ARE funny.

“Choices. We all make choices. But I’m fine, it’s fine.

What do you want to be when you grow up?’ My guidance counselor in middle school sternly stated when I was 17.

That’s easy,’ I said, ‘An outlet.’

“This wasn’t what I wanted to be, but the only way I saw myself. I could blab on about where I’ve been, what I’ve envisioned for myself and what I’ve actually accomplished. Rather, who really cares. I choose to use my fearlessness onstage in the hopes of making others feel good, never feel alone and always remember: Life is what you make it.” If you care to know specifics, she’s glad to indulge.

Rich Wexler, video artist/projectionist.   Rich has been involved with theater since he first heard the Popeye soundtrack. He has been involved in the music and arts scene in Philadelphia since 2000. He ran Sherman Arts which created community, helped support local musicians and artists, raised funds for artists in medical need, and hosted a few hundred music shows in Philadelphia. In 2006 Rich became a founding member Project Arts theater project. Since then the non-profit theater collective has gone on to create educationally-based productions of Avenue Q and Rent for teens. Rich has worked for a number of years as a video projectionist for a variety of theater productions in the Philly area and has curated a number of cultural events highlighting the beautiful weirdness of Philly, like the Outsider Music Festival. Rich has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. He is also a huge Muppet fan.

Jon Crane, directorJon is a writer, director and founding member of New York City’s most outrageous comedy group, FUCT.

Jason Messina, directorJason is a writer, director, performer and graphic designer living in NYC. He has worked on a variety of television for shows including Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans and HBO’s Last Week Tonight, as well as producing monthly video content for The PIT. View his original work at youtube.com/jmsalad and @surethingchief

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA, is a community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work. For more info visit therotunda.org

ABOUT PROJECT ARTS

Project Arts produces quality alternative educational arts projects to foster positive social change, and serve a diverse underserved community. They are a project-based and experiential learning production company. They provide free arts educational activities to children, teens, and adults without the access to such experiences. They work with youth, the elderly, and the disabled.  Participants will have a chance to be involved in theater or other art programming in a meaningful way. “We see how the participants in our projects have their lives altered for the better. We provide our participants self esteem in terms of offering them professional opportunities to perform a show, or produce a project.” For more information visit http://www.projectarts.info/