Once again, Phillips examines the emotions and complexities inherent in adopted family dynamics. In Beneath My Fathers’ Sky, after Zara’s adoptive mother dies and she’s left to care for distant adoptive father, she takes a dream-like journey and comes face-to-face with the biological father she’s never known and the sister who never existed. The play takes place at the Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42 Street, New York City at 7:30 pm and is based on Zara’s true life story.
Zara Phillips wears several hats. She has been a known figure in the adoption world for several years for her writing, collaborations and award-winning documentary Roots Unknown and for speaking at several conferences and events that deal with the issues of adoption. She is author of Mother Me, a personal testament of her own experience with adoption and an examination of the complexities of the issues that surround the subject, published in the UK and US, a singer songwriter who collaborated with such musicians as Run DMC (Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels) for the single, “I’m Legit”. Now she has added ‘playwright’ to her list of roles in the artistic world, and with Eric and Eliza Roberts supporting her work as directors of her one-woman show, she expands into her writing and performing talents.
The timing of the debut for Beneath My Fathers’ Sky, is fitting, as November is National Adoption Month. Every year around this time, Zara Phillips is asked to appear and speak at a number of related functions. (For more information on National Adoption Month, visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/#twtr=pro)
UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL is an annual international festival for solo performances held in New York City. Through a diverse range of one-person shows, we explore and celebrate the uniqueness of the individual. From openly solicited submissions, we stage the most intriguing productions at the highly acclaimed Theatre Row in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street. Renowned solo performers as well as new talents have opportunities in many categories (e.g. storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, documentary, musical, improv, stand-up, poetry, magic, drama: tragedy or comedy). The artists also benefit from being presented by United Solo, a company made up of artists and producers with vast experience in solo performance. Submission is open in spring, and selected participants are announced in summer each year.
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