Strand Theater Company proudly welcomes for one night only an award-winning playwright and comedian Dylan Brody, with his critically acclaimed one-man show More Arts/Less Martial. Premiered in January 2009 to a standing ovation, the piece takes Brody and his audience on a poignant and often hilarious journey from a childhood of bullied insecurity to an adulthood of martial arts study, personal growth and ultimately true Mastery of storytelling and Taekwondo. Dylan Brody’s work has been compared to that of Garrison Keillor, David Sedaris, and Woody Allen. The Baltimore Premiere of More Arts/Less Martial is a one-night-only performance on Sunday, September 23rd at 8pm. General Admission tickets are $20.
Strand Artistic Director Rain Pryor, who is directing Brody’s play, Mother, May I, as the theater’s season opener, is a long-time friend of the playwright. “Mr. Brody is one of the finest satirist minds I know”, says Pryor. “I am honored to have been asked to direct the World Premiere of his play, and excited for Baltimore to meet and hear a genius.”
Mother, May I opens at the Strand on Friday, September 21st, and runs through October 12th.
About the Playwright/Performer: Winner of the 2005 Stanley Drama Award for Playwriting, Dylan Brody is a thrice-published author of fiction for the Young Adult market with one of his books, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword, finding a place in the curriculum at several public schools in the U.S.
Brody studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London while he worked the city’s Comedy Clubs and developed a loyal following at the Canal Café Theater. Returning to America, he worked venues from New York to Los Angeles, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars, including Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Norm McDonald, Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has written for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on The Tonight Show.
Brody’s new CD, CHRONOLOGICAL DISORDER, his fourth with Stand Up! Records, was released on February 14th 2012 with liner notes by Elayne Boosler. His previous CD, A TWIST OF THE WIT came out in 2011 (liner notes by Paul Provenza) and the two before that were released in 2009 by Stand Up! following a sold out launch event at the Comedy Central Stage.
For more than two decades, Dylan Brody has been making people laugh around the world. He has evolved into an artful anecdotalist with an engaging style all his own. A raconteur whose witty and profound personal tales are unique, yet utterly relatable for everyone, he has earned a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.
Sunday, September 23rd at 8pm
General Admission - $20
About the Strand.
The Strand Theater Company champions challenging and provocative theater that especially celebrates women’s diverse voices and perspectives while bringing together the creative talents of both women and men as artists, technicians, and administrators. We invite patrons to experience some of the region’s best contemporary and reinterpreted works for the stage in our intimate midtown theater.
Since launching in 2008, the Strand has presented 17 full-length plays, including eight World Premieres; offered 75% of the artistic positions on its productions—as playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, and actors—to women; provided affordable theater space to many organizations and independent artists; and played an integral role in the revitalization of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
In August 2011, the Strand was honored as one of Baltimore magazine’s “Top 5 Baltimore Theaters,” along with CENTERSTAGE, Everyman, the Hippodrome, and Single Carrot. To learn more about the Strand Theater Company, visit strand-theater.org.