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Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles

October 28 - November 19, 2017

 

Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Synopsis

 

At 21, newly sober and recently evicted, Valerie Hager is invited by her best friend Raven to work at a strip club in Tijuana, Mexico. An evening that begins in innocence and excitement over making some easy cash seduces her into a 10-year career that tests the limits of friendship and her will to survive.

The characters she portrays—club managers, dancers, customers, boyfriends, and more—bring audiences viscerally into this shadowy world and reveal the joy, hurt, danger, and common humanity that connect us all in the longing to be free. As her choices in the clubs expose her to increasing danger and violence, Valerie must make a choice:

 

Does she continue to run from what most terrifies her? Or does she find the strength to face it head on?

 

Playing to sold-out houses in New York City, Chicago, Providence, Santa Fe, Edinburgh, Rome, and Alaska itself, Naked In Alaska tells “a surprisingly complex and personal story” (TONY) of one woman’s quest to survive—and find a place in the world to feel free.

 

Writer, Performer / Valerie Hager
Director, Dramaturg / Scott Wesley Slavin

Originally developed in Emmy Award-winner Matt Hoverman's GO-SOLO Workshop

 

 
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performance history

2016

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference,
Valdez, AK

FEATURED ARTIST
June 15, 2016

2015

Community College of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
WINNER:
Charles Sullivan Award for Arts & Humanities
September 18, 7:30 p.m.

GendErotica Festival, Rome, Italy
FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Sold out
May 22, 8:00 p.m

2014

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK
@ Assembly Roxy
WINNER:
Pick of the Fest, The New Current
Multiple sold out shows 
24 shows
July 30-August 23, 7:00 p.m.

Off-Broadway:
59E59 Theatre, NY, NY
Sold out
July 12, 6:30
July 15, 8:30
July 20, 2:30

Off-Off Broadway:
The Celebration of Whimsy Theater, NY, NY
Multiple sold out shows
8 shows
February 7-March 1, 9:30 p.m.

 

 

 

2013

Maria Benitez Cabaret, Santa Fe, NM
@ The Lodge

December 6, 7:30 p.m.
December 7, 7:30 p.m.

The Chicago Fringe Festival
@ The Gift Theatre
WINNER:
Audience Favorite
Sold out
August 30. 8:30 p.m.
August 31, 5:30 p.m.
September 2, 7:00 p.m.

The New York International Fringe Festival
@ The Celebration of Whimsy Theater
WINNER:
Overall Excellence in Solo Performance
Multiple sold out shows
August 15, 9:00 p.m.  
August 18, 5:45 p.m.
August 20, 2:00 p.m.
August 21, 7:00 p.m.
August 24, 1:30 p.m.

Dixon Place Theater, NY, NY
Sold out
April 27, 10:00 p.m.

2012

EstroGenius Festival, NY, NY
@ The Barrow Group MainStage
FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Festival's Bestselling Show
November 9, 6:00 p.m.
November 10, 3:00 p.m.

Women at Work Festival, NY, NY
@ Stage Left Studios
Sold out
September 29, 7:30 p.m.
October 7, 5:00 p.m.