VIV NESBITT SOLO PLAY INVITED TO PLAY NEW YORK FESTIVAL
By Katie Mitchell
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – At Art of the Song we encourage people to find and express their own creativity, and Viv Nesbitt truly lives the message. In the past year, Viv has had many creative accomplishments: booked roles on national TV and feature film, successfully moved her acting studio, Sol Acting Academy, to a new location bringing in more business than ever, and created the Standing ‘O’ Project with her husband John Dillon.
I’d like to talk, however, about one of her most impressive accomplishments this year: having her solo show “The Bark and the Tree” accepted into the United Solo Theater Festival in New York City. Viv has performed this show previously in both New York and Albuquerque to sell-out audiences.
Having seen the play, and knowing Viv as an instructor for the past couple of years, I can vouch for the fact that the play is superbly acted. So, what I was most impressed by was the exceptional insight in the writing. You know a play is brilliant when it makes you question and want to delve into your own life journey, and that is exactly what this play does.
A personal story which is both hilarious and heartbreaking, Viv’s “The Bark and The Tree” follows her on a journey to Ireland to explore the special connection she shares with her great-great grandmother, a famous poet known as “Eva of the Nation” during the Great Hunger of 1848. As Viv struggles with trying to reconcile some of Eva’s actions with her own modern ideals, she is forced to come face to face with the barriers and roadblocks she has created in her own life. Aided in part by a kindly bartender, a senile inebriate, and a perceptive maître d’, Viv begins to open herself to her ancestor’s message. This is a story far beyond an exploration of ancestry, it is a story of love, self-actualization, and transformation.
The next performance of “The Bark and The Tree” will be at the United Solo Theater Festival at Theater Row in New York, NY on Sautrday, October 5, at 4 pm. We are currently raising funds to cover production costs. Please click here to contribute to the cause.
For all you New Yorkers out there, and all the potential visitors to New York, I highly encourage you to buy your tickets early. Tickets are $18 and you can reserve them by phone at (212) 239-6200 or online at www.unitedsolo.org.