A BIT MUCH, a standup comedy, solo show, premiered
at the 2019 Whitefire Theatre’s Solofest to rave reviews

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Logline: After being told her whole life that she’s “a bit much,” a bold, outspoken woman takes us on a journey of bad dates to figure if her label is warranted.

Synopsis (Short): After years of failed romantic relationships (including a divorce), Stacy is ready to admit that the common denominator in all these disasters just might be…well, Stacy. Shortly after men get to know her they feel compelled to move on, because after a while they find her to be just a bit much. She's kind of like Las Vegas; if they stick around long enough all they want to do is leave. With both sides of Stacy's psyche weighing in, she's left to figure out what men want when it comes to strong, independent women who unintentionally do intimidating things like buy their own homes or finish the New York Times crossword puzzle in one sitting. 

Synopsis (Long): While on a first date, Stacy’s date innocently asks her if she wants red or white wine. This “trick” question immediately sets off a tsunami of insecurities, fueled by a history of being shot down after speaking her mind. In the instant it takes to answer that “red or white?” question, Stacy takes us on a comical journey of her failed relationships with men, starting in the fifth grade, when she beat her first boyfriend at wall ball during recess. After that he broke up with her. So begins an unintentionally competitive pattern with men that whenever Stacy wins at life, she loses at love. With both sides of Stacy’s psyche weighing in like a comical Greek chorus, Stacy tries to figure out what men really want in a women before she answers that all important first date question, “Would you like red or white wine?”

A BIT MUCH is a LOL funny, insightful, journey that illustrates how women can comfortably step into their own brand of strength and femininity without compromise, while still attracting and maintaining the perfect relationship. Spoiler alert: it’s harder than it looks, but not impossible.

Saturday, June 8, noon
Sunday, June 16, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.

All performances are in the LOUNGE THEATRE, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd.

Tickets are $18 and go on sale May 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

For more information on the Hollywood Fringe, visit the Hollywood Fringe website.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Megan Ford-Miller at brightmindsart@gmail.com or 805-744-9445

Cast and Crew

Stacy Dymalski, writer-performer

Stacy Dymalski, writer-performer

Stacy Dymalski

STACY DYMALSKI (writer/performer) is a storyteller, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, and award-winning speaker. Any more than that and she’ll spontaneously combust. Branded as The Memoir Midwife, Stacy is a professional story-developer who helps everyone from film studio executives to retirees find, write, and share their stories in the form of books and movies.

As an award-winning speaker, Stacy gave a TED Talk on April 16, 2016, entitled “Prison: A Startling Path to Creativity” in which she details how she mentored author David C. Taylor to write his book JACUMBA CONNECTION while he was in federal prison for conspiracy. Stacy was also a finalist in the Southern California Comedy Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2012 Toastmasters International Speech Contest, competing for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking with her award-winning speech, “Wynton Marsalis Had My Back.” She also performed in the 2018 Hollywood Fringe with her one-woman show entitled “The Other Side of the Razor Ribbon,” which won the Producer’s Award.

On the big screen, Stacy is the writer/director/producer of several award-winning films, including the feature “Jupiter Landing” (co-written with Zack Van Eyck), “Hold Please” (directed by Chris Cudlipp with Stacy as writer/producer), which was nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival, and “The Write Stuff,” an official entry in several Academy Award qualifying film festivals.

And if that’s not enough, Stacy has written several books, the most popular being THE MEMOIR MIDWIFE: NINE STEPS TO SELF-PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK and the hilarious CONFESSIONS OF A BAND GEEK MOM (a funny account of balancing mother with a career and life) which was a bestseller under humor books on Amazon.

For more about Stacy, please visit her website at www.TheMemoirMidwife.com.

Photo credit: Liz Barlak Photography, Burbank, CA

Jessica Lynn Johnson, director and developer

Jessica Lynn Johnson, director and developer

Jessica Lynn Johnson

JESSICA LYNN JOHNSON (director/developer), recipient of BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST AWARD, is the Founder & CEO of Soaring Solo LLC, a company dedicated solely to the Direction & Development of one person plays. Jessica is passionate about the transformational power of solo theatre and has aided in the creation of over 60 solo shows (and still going strong)!

Over the years, Jessica’s directorial projects have garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, and have taken home awards such as TOP OF FRINGE, HFF ENCORE PRODUCER AWARDS, TVOLUTION BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE, LARRY CORNWALL AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE & several other accolades! Jessica was most recently nominated for the Female Director of Distinction in Theatre Award by Girl Trip LLC at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

As a published playwright and performer, Jessica has “edu-tained” international audiences touring her own 25 character one person shows ZE and OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYONE for over 13 years.

Jessica is also a proud Board Member and Submission Screening Panelist of the LA Women’s Theatre Festival celebrating their 26th year of empowering diverse female artists from all over the world.

Johnson’s solo work has been seen in the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, the NYC Samuel French Playwright Festival, the Kansas City Fringe Festival, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the Sola Voce Festival, the Monodrama Thespis Festival in Germany, the Black Magic Women’s Theatre Festival in Amsterdam and enjoyed an extended run at NYC’s prestigious Theatre Row on 42nd Street.

Jessica is honored to be a guide on Stacy's solo journey!

For more about Jessica, please visit her website at https://www.jessicalynnjohnson.com.

Megan Ford-Miller, producer

Megan Ford-Miller, producer

Megan Ford-Miller

Megan Ford-Miller (producer) considers herself an artist above all else. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Megan attended the first and largest art school of its kind in the U.S. (focusing completely on all arts) from elementary through high school. She had her first professional IMDB credit (as an actor) on ABC’s Young People’s Special at the age of 12, and since then has been in countless productions, performing in television and commercials, as well as featured in print modeling.

As an adult, Megan went in a different direction artistically, focusing on mixed media and photography, until her son, Reid Miller, decided he wanted to get serious about his acting career. Since then she has been an integral part of his management team, using her vast experience in the entertainment industry and artistic community to help Reid become the established actor he is today.

By working with Reid, Megan circled back to the entertainment industry in which she started and found her niche as a producer and production designer in both live theatre and film. Her most recent theatre project includes producer and production designer of comedian Stacy Dymalski's 2018 Hollywood Fringe show The Other Side of the Razor Ribbon, which won a Producers Encore Award. Megan is slated to produce three more theater productions in 2019.

In the world of film, Megan produced and designed the 2018 short film, FLIKKER, which has won multiple awards (and counting), including the Stella Adler Excellence in Film Award at the International Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas.  She is also currently producing a series for television slated for release in 2019.

As an art director and designer, Megan uses mixed media art and photography to create sets for the small stage and screen, while focusing on the big picture and overall message of the story. She’s known for taking what may be just a good idea and turning it into a living breathing reality from concept to finish. 

Megan believes as an artist you must always be reinventing yourself, learning and doing new things. Otherwise you loose your creativity and run the risk of becoming irrelevant. She lives by the sentiment of her favorite quote; "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

 For more about Megan, please visit Megan’s website.

Photo credit: Arthur Bryan Marroquin at ABM Photography