COMING TO SAN LEANDRO!

Buy Tickets Now!EIGHT of the Bay Area's most critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and beloved solo shows are coming to San Leandro!

Note: Due to mature language and themes, this series is recommended for ages 15 and up.

Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Subscription series ONLY. Individual show tickets will not be available.

All shows will be held at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro.
Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Schedule is subject to change.
Seating is General Admission.
Questions? Contact info@bestofsfsolo.com

 

THE SHOWS:

Jill ViceJILL VICE: A FATAL STEP
Sept. 21-23, 2018

Turning the tables on film noir tropes, Vice's 60-minute dramedy tells its shadowy tale not from the typical point of view of the hardboiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale. When Sarah's footing with her handsome podiatrist is undermined by an archrival, she takes drastic steps to keep her man.

On the heels of her award-winning show, Tipped & Tipsy, BEST-OF-FEST winner Jill Vice returns to San Leandro with a one-woman noir that puts the DIE in podiatry.

"Astonishing!... A loving send-up of a favorite genre."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Wildly talented... It's impossible to take your eyes off the animated actress."
San Francisco Examiner

 

Dan HoyleDAN HOYLE: THE REAL AMERICANS
Oct. 19-21, 2018

In this acclaimed production, award-winning actor/playwright Hoyle gives a riveting recounting of his 100-day van trip through small-town and rural America, where he found himself at ground zero of the country's economic inequality and political division. After more than 300 performances across the country and post-election updates from the road, "The Real Americans" returns to where it began. Through Hoyle's re-visited interactions with a Reaganite union coal miner in Appalachian Kentucky, a family-oriented drug dealer in the Mississippi Delta, a closeted gay creation theory expert in Texas and a group of hipster brunchistas in San Francisco, among others, audiences catch a glimpse of the intense polarization of culture and politics in the era of Donald Trump's presidency throughout the United States.

"'The Real Americans' is over-the-top brilliant, a belly-laugh evening of the best that solo performance has to offer."
—SF Theater Blog

"Smart, entertaining, funny, insightful and surprising... compassionate and ultimately hopeful, without being soft at all."
The New Yorker

 

Don ReedDON REED: SEMI-FAMOUS
November 16-18, 2018

With stories from the famous to the infamous, Don Reed returns with an all-new show. A collection of delightful tales from panic attacks auditioning for Spike Lee—to almost being shot by the Secret Service at "The Tonight Show." All true. All wrong. Eavesdrop on some Tinseltown insanity just in time for summer.

Hollywood—Heartless, Heartbreaking, but every once in a while, Heartwarming.

"'Semi-Famous' delivers the goods! One delicious cameo after another. Hilarious."
San Francisco Chronicle

"As with all Reed's shows, there’s plenty of room for him to flex his chops and melt into numerous characters that all manage to leave us a little richer in heart."
San Francisco Weekly

 

Diane BarnesDIANE BARNES: MY STROKE OF LUCK
Jan. 25-27, 2019

Diane wakes up alone. The place looks hauntingly familiar. But she expected to be dead. Where am I? she wonders. It’s not the hospital. Is it home? But if this is my home, where are my children?

A spellbinding and funny look at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. "My Stroke of Luck" is the story of a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted sons, a practicing physician, who forges a new identity after a debilitating stroke.

"Poignant... deeply moving... her stage presence glows with her personal warmth."
—George Himont, Huffington Post

"'My Stroke of Luck' is a riveting, tense, and touching story of a single mother grappling with no longer being able to take care of yourself, much less her two sons."
—Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal

 

Brian CopelandBRIAN COPELAND: GRANDMA & ME
February 22-24, 2019

In Brian Copeland's highly anticipated new play, he examines the issue of single parenting through a very personal story.

In 1979, Brian's mother died suddenly, leaving behind five children for his 57-year-old grandmother to raise alone. Twenty-two years later, Brian finds himself in the same predicament when the end of a marriage leaves him alone with his three kids. Through laughter and tears, he compares and contrasts the trials of single parenting in the 1970s and the dawn of the 21st century as he tries to answer the question... What does it truly mean to be a father?

 

MAUREEN LANGAN: DAUGHTER OF A GARBAGEMAN
March 8-10, 2019

Maureen Langan"Daughter Of A Garbageman" is a tale of Maureen Langan's 1970s upbringing in New Jersey. Her Irish mother and Bronx-born father, a New York City sanitation worker, told her to work hard, get educated and life would reward her.

Not true! Life is rewarding reality stars. How do you tell a girl to read and write when Kim Kardashian gets a book deal? When making a sex tape leads to fame and fortune? When the star of "The Apprentice" can become the president?

WHO IS TO BLAME? Is it her parents' fault? America's fault? With humor, honesty, and insight, Maureen taps into the hearts and frustrations of hard-working people everywhere who wonder if they, too, were raised wrong.

"Langan is a natural comedienne who you like so much you can't wait to hear more... we love Maureen Langan. Go check out the garbage guy's little girl. You'll love her too."
—SF Theatre Blog

"She has something to say about family, relationships, self-acceptance and American culture and is willing to be completely honest without sacrificing her killer since of humor."
San Francisco Examiner

 

Jeff GreenwaldJEFF GREENWALD: STRANGE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS
April 12-14, 2019

Jeff brings his tales of world travel back for another round! Audience members step onto the stage and spin a huge, colorful wheel. Round and 'round it spins, and where it stops—there are 30 travel-related "themes" on the Wheel—the story begins. Greenwald never knows which tales he is going to tell during any show, so the audience embarks on an expedition with him, from one spin to the next, as partner and companion. No two performances are the same!

"I love this show! Jeff could take a trip to Costco to buy socks, and I'd want to hear the story. Sixteen thumbs up!"
—Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Gulp

"Funny, keen-eyed, utterly engaging. Wherever it leads, it adds up to quite a trip."
—Rob Avila, SF Bay Guardian

 

BONUS SHOW:

Jewelry BoxBRIAN COPELAND: THE JEWELRY BOX
Dec. 21-23, 2018

In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show "Not a Genuine Black Man," beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts two memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, "The Jewelry Box" follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help-wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the Hegenberger White Front store.

"Destined to be a holiday classic!"
SF Examiner

"'The Jewelry Box' is a gift in itself... it glitters with bright comedy, sharply observed local color and deftly drawn characters as well as genuine warmth."
San Francisco Chronicle

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