Monica Hunken & The Living Theatre Present
Blondie of Arabia
The story of an American Woman’s bicycle journey through the heart of the Middle East. Alone.
A solo play written, performed (and lived) by MONICA HUNKEN, Directed by LAURA NEWMAN
Returns to The Living Theatre 21 CLinton St, NYC after a sell-out preview season
September: Wed 22nd / Thurs 23rd / Fri 24th / Thurs 30th @ 8pm
October: Fri 1st / Sat 2nd / Thurs 7th / Fri 8th @ 8pm / Sat 9th @ 2pm & 8pm
â€œA performance of passion and politics, humour and hope. Following the true story of Monica Hunkenâ€™s courageous voyage, unarmed and unafraid, across hostile territory presents us with a triumph of the soulâ€¦â€
– Judith Malina, founder of The Living Theatre
“The life-confession form of monologue has had its day. People thought the heedless self-congratulation of 70’s performance art strangled it forever. But then a Ruth Draper or Richard Pryor or Spalding Gray comes along and makes the pretensions of talking about your own life for an hour beside the point because the audience doesn’t notice time is passing. I had such a sensation with Monica Hunken’s Blondie of Arabiaâ€¦â€
– Rev Billy Talen, The Church of Life After Shopping
Two weeks before Christmas, Monica Hunken flew into the heart of the Persian Gulf to cater at a royal wedding party and ended up biking across the Middle East. This play chronicles the true story of her desert odyssey. Watch the broke, blonde American swerve her bicycle through close encounters with military capture, sex tourism, Gulf royalty and near death. As Hunken perseveres in her adventure as a parade of one, defeating trouble at every turn, indulging her super-hero fetishism, she plays over 20 characters in this 80 minute comedy that brought audiences to their feet every show.
Blondie of Arabia will be performed across Europe on a bicycle tour planned for Spring 2011 joining Follow the Women in their ride to Palestine.
Laura Newman (We Are The Hartmans) directs. Tickets for Blondie of Arabia cost only $15-$20 with a $5 discount on opening night for those who wear their bike helmets to the box office, ensuring a safe purchase for the daring ride ahead.
You can watch excerpts of the show at www.monicahunken.com
PHOTO CAPTION : From left to right: (Monica Hunken) in (Blondie of Arabia). Photo credit: (Hunter Canning)