Welcome to the launch of the 2012 All For One Theater Festival, and do we have news for you!

AFO 2012 will be at the Cherry Lane Theatre this September 14th – 30th and will present 10 must-see, must-hear solo performers – along with 9 can’t-miss solo workshops.

We are awed and honored to announce that solo icons Lily Tomlin, John Leguizamo, Whoopi Goldberg, and Carrie Fisher have joined the 2012 AFO Advisory Board, along with BD Wong, Colman Domingo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Jackie Hoffman. You’ll see several of them featured in our new ad campaign coming soon!

And we are thrilled to announce AFO 2012 will present the New York Premiere of Emmy-winner (and Advisory Board Member) Leslie Jordan’s new solo show, Fruit Fly!

And we are proud to say solo legend Nilaja Sun (No Child…) will lead the new AFO Mentor Project for super-talented teens.

Joining Leslie Jordan in the AFO 2012 lineup are:

  • Cindy Cheung — SPEAK UP CONNIE. A finding-your-voice extravaganza! Featuring original songs accompanied by the ukelele, “nice Chinese girl” Cindy (not Connie) Cheung learns to speak up – as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter. Directed by Advisory Board Member BD Wong.
  • Joanna Rush – Asking for It. If you had a strict Catholic upbringing, ran off to pursue a dancing career in NYC, and were sexually assaulted by a helpful stranger you met at Port Authority Bus Terminal…were you just ‘asking for it’? Directed by Advisory Board Member Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
  • Carlo D’Amore – No Parole. A true globetrotting adventure in which a devoted son tries to save his con artist mother from herself. Directed by Advisory Board Member Colman Domingo.
  • Alice Eve Cohen — What I Thought I Knew. Alice Eve Cohen is raced to an emergency CAT scan for an abdominal tumor, but is stunned to learn the bulge in her belly is not a tumor at all – she is six months pregnant! Adapted from her acclaimed and award-winning memoir.
  • Elizabeth Van Meter – The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library. World Premiere. Developed for AFO 2011’s New Works Series, video and live performance combine to tell the story of a woman who, dealing with a family tragedy, finds meaning building a library in rural Vietnam.
  • Debra Barsha — A Womb with a View. A raucous musical about lesbian couple’s adventures trying to have a baby.
  • Jennifer S. Jones — Appearance of Life. A thriller about a well-off Argentine woman who becomes radicalized when her daughter is “disappeared” by the junta.
  • Mary Lou Shriber — You Want Me to Do WHAT?!? An original musical about an actress who thinks nursing is just something to “fall back on” but learns it’s something far more.
  • Aizzah Fatima — Dirty Paki Lingerie. A winning and wickedly funny look at the secret dreams and desires of 6 Pakistani women across generations and social divides.

The Workshop lineup for AFO 2012 includes 6 workshops taught by members of the AFO Advisory Board:

  • Leslie Jordan teams with his director David Galligan to lead a session titled The Director/Performer Collaboration
  • Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Joanna Rush team up to present Making It Move: Using Movement in Your Solo Piece.
  • Nilaja Sun will teach Moment by Moment: Perfecting Your Solo Show.
  • Gretchen Cryer leads Writing for Solo Performance.

And for their second year at AFO:

  • Deb Margolin will teach Tapping the Source: Creative Writing For Any Reason At All
  • Matt Hoverman offers Tell Your Story: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show.

Three Festival writer/performers will also lead Workshops:

  • Debra Barsha will teach Using Music In Your Solo Show.
  • Alice Eve Cohen will teach Creating Characters from Your Life Stories.
  • Jennifer S. Jones will teach Jumpstarting Your Personal Narrative.

We are delighted to bring you these exceptional shows and workshops — but it only happens with your help! Please join the All for One Community by fueling our RocketHub Campaign, and check out our video below.