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"One of the top 10 shows to SEE in Los Angeles!"

- Deborah Klugman, STAGE RAW

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You poured your heart, mind, body and soul into your show—and it shows. We in the audience were with you every step of the wayward way. Thank you for sharing your warmth, candor and increasing our depth of understanding. Also, for giving the profession you abandoned for your own sake a truly human face and heart.
— Esai Morales (Ozark, How to Get Away with Murder, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods)

About

 

Former exotic dancer and New York Fringe Award-winning solo show writer and performer Valerie Hager incorporates true to life characters, live pole dancing, and an infectious 90’s playlist in her very personal and  unapologetic internationally recognized one-woman show Naked In Alaska. 

“An affecting and intensely personal memoir that offers a first-hand glimpse into burlesque’s bawdy — and for women sometimes perilous — underworld based on Hager’s actual experiences of working in the sex industry."

“Profoundly honest and unbelievably elevating, Naked In Alaska is one of the most highly recommended shows to see this season for the content and the physicality” and is filled with a variety of multicultural characterizations based on exotic dancers and customers Hager worked with for 10 years in Tijuana, Alaska, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles . 

“A visual masterpiece… An audiovisual feast, dynamically performed and produced with flair, Naked in Alaska is an honest, funny and fast-paced walk on the wild side"— all the while maintaining the heart and soul of voices rarely heard in theater.

"Unflinching!" - Edinburgh International Review

Synopsis

Naked In Alaska follows Valerie Hager, a latchkey teenager with a meth addiction and an eating disorder as she fights to break through into her own coming-of-age story. When her life spirals out of control shortly after becoming sober at 21, she runs to her childhood best friend Raven for help. Raven invites her to work with her at a strip club in Tijuana, Mexico, and gives her the stage name “Autumn.” An evening that begins as a way to make some easy cash explodes 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 morebring audiences viscerally into this shadowy world to 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, Autumn 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?

In Naked In Alaska, Valerie Hager tells the often-untold stories that women experience all over the world—objectification, entanglement of being desired with self-worth, and the need to be loved, even in the face of violence and abuse. In urban environments where women confront on a daily basis male-dominated industries where sex, success, and power messily intertwine, Naked In Alaska pushes audiences to confront their deeper feelings and true values, too-often shrouded in shame, and seize the courage to boldly live them.

Playing to sold-out houses across the US, UK, and Europe, Naked In Alaska tells “a surprisingly complex and personal story” (TONY) of one woman’s choice to grapple with her demons and discover a place inside herself and 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

2017

Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA
8 shows
October 28-November 19, 2017

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, 2015

GendErotica Festival, Rome, Italy
FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Sold out
May 22, 2015

2014

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK
@ Assembly Roxy
WINNER:
Pick of the Fest, The New Current
Multiple sold out shows 
27 shows
July 30-August 23, 2014

Off-Broadway:
59E59 Theatre, NY, NY
Sold out
3 shows
July 12-20, 2014

Off-Off Broadway:
The Celebration of Whimsy Theater, NY, NY
Multiple sold out shows
8 shows
February 7-March 1, 2014

 

 

 

2013

Maria Benitez Cabaret, Santa Fe, NM
@ The Lodge

2 shows
December 6-7, 2013

The Chicago Fringe Festival
@ The Gift Theatre
WINNER:
Audience Favorite
Sold out
3 shows
August 30-September 2, 2013

The New York International Fringe Festival
@ The Celebration of Whimsy Theater
WINNER:
Overall Excellence in Solo Performance
Multiple sold out shows
5 shows
August 15-24, 2013

Dixon Place Theater, NY, NY
Sold out
April 27, 2013

2012

EstroGenius Festival, NY, NY
@ The Barrow Group MainStage
FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Festival's Bestselling Show
2 shows
November 9-10, 2012

Women at Work Festival, NY, NY
@ Stage Left Studios
Sold out
2 shows
September 29-October 7, 2012

2011

GO-SOLO Works-in-Progress presentation, NY, NY
@ Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
Multiple workshop performances