what do you do when you finally figure out who you are right as your Mom totally forgets who she is?
This solo show is the personal experience of caregiving for someone who doesn't remember and what happens to the caregiver when all social support and services disappear. Spoiler alert: Craziness...craziness is what happens.
Using comedy, poetry, and storytelling, (possibly song?), The Feminist Daughter Dementia Dilemma highlights the need for caretaking for those with dementia handled as a public, social issue as opposed to a private one.
This workshop reading is part of Santa Monica Rep's 4th Annual Playreading Festival.
"By seizing each of her characters in full from the moment she becomes them she performs the theatrical magic trick of making us forget that this is one actor playing many roles so that we can focus on the story, and enter the fictive dream...it's good art."
DC Theatre Scene
"Andrea Schell is that friend of yours who is the life of the party. Entertaining, enthralling, smart, sexy, she can salvage the shoddiest dinner party by her mere presence...Schell is a dynamo as she relates her journey through some of continental Europe’s inviting capitals...She is engaging, rippling with vitality and sexuality."
"She is a skilled, facile performer with a keen gift for accents and elastic facial expressions."
AN EXTREMELY ORDINARY GIRL
if given the opportunity, what would you turn yourself into?
8 female characters explore themes of beauty, redemption,
death, mental illness and a new religion known as "Star Magic".
This "work in progress" has been developed through workshops at
The Writing Pad in LA and as part of an artist in residence program at WildAcres in North Carolina.
This project has been listed on Creative Capital's "On Our Radar" series.
"Count Andrea amongst the tiny handful of solo artists who can grab you by the lapels, pull you in, and get you to listen. It is a rare, honed skill."
"Andrea weaves different perspectives of the feminine deftly, bringing forth aspects of culture and the female experience in ways that made me laugh until it hurt, and want to cry for the wounds we as women carry."
"I’ve seen many solo shows, this one is in the top tier of them all. Andrea was funny, witty, sharp, intelligent, emotional, beautiful, poignant and important. I loved the effort she put forth to entertain the audience. She had pizzaz and was very skillful in keeping the audience under her control."
"This show hit me in all the right places. It’s the story I wish I’d written and the adventure I wish I’d had. And thanks to the Euro-travel resources on the back of the program, now I can! Andrea is hilarious and tender and totally authentic."
"Funny, honest, courageous show for anyone who wonders about what it means to be a sexual human being, fall in love and dares to live and break out of “the voices of should and must!” Every woman and being can relate to this! Performed with humor, honesty and just hilarious! Well done!
"I had the rare opportunity of watching Andrea’s one woman show in the beautiful setting of Bali. She was funny, uplifting and oh so witty! I can’t wait to catch her show in Los Angeles!"
a coming of age at the age of 40 story
In this first person narrative piece, a single woman escapes overseas
for three weeks and has one of those, "Well, I had a sexual awakening and
healed my sexual past in Europe" kind of experiences.
This show premiered at The 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival.