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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)



New York Fringe Award-winning solo show writer and performer Valerie Hager incorporates a dozen true to life characters, live pole dancing, and an infectious 90’s playlist in her very personal and highly physical 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.


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


performance history


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


The Last Frontier Theatre Conference,
Valdez, AK

June 15, 2016


Community College of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
Charles Sullivan Award for Arts & Humanities
September 18, 2015

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


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

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





Maria Benitez Cabaret, Santa Fe, NM
@ The Lodge

2 shows
December 6-7, 2013

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

The New York International Fringe Festival
@ The Celebration of Whimsy Theater
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


EstroGenius Festival, NY, NY
@ The Barrow Group MainStage
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