After decades of writing and doing standup, and years of talking about doing a one-woman show, Stacy Dymalski has finally written a performance piece that stitches together some of her best stories from one of the worst times of her life. And yes, it's a comedy, but an authentically emotional one full of ups and downs, laughter and tears.
After a rapid succession of really bad breaks in life, writer and single mom Stacy is left broke, unemployed, and facing a mountain of debt due to a devastating divorce. For purely mercenary reasons (like needing to pay the light bill), she takes on the job of mentoring a federal inmate as he writes his story from prison. What transpires is an unexpected journey of two unlikely people at the lowest points in their lives helping each other climb out of the deepest holes fate has thrown them into. It’s a story of unsubstantiated trust and tremendous leaps of faith against all odds that are hard to believe—except for the fact that it’s all true.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RAZOR RIBBON is a humorous telling of how Stacy reassembled the pieces of her broken life by helping federal prisoner, David C. Taylor, write and publish his story into the book, JACUMBA CONNECTION--which is now on its way to becoming a movie. The first stop on this live theatre journey is the...
Saturday, June 2 (preview week), 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, noon
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 3:00 p.m.
STACY DYMALSKI (writer/performer) is a storyteller, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, and award-winning speaker. Branded as The Memoir Midwife, Stacy helps everyone from film studio executives to retirees find, write, and share their stories in the form of books and movies. She has given a TED Talk (April 16, 2016) and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Toastmasters International Speech Contest, competing for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.
Photo credit: Liz Barlak Photography, Burbank, CA
MICHAEL BLAHA (producer) is an entertainment attorney and law professor, as well as an acclaimed stage and film producer. Domestically, Michael has produced stage shows in Los Angeles and New York, and internationally in Edinburgh (over 40 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and London at the Soho Theatre. As a film producer his films have won several awards, including the Slamdance Grand Jury Prize, the Cinefest Best New Director Award (for director Jacques Thelemaque), and Honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival (just to name a few). Michael is the President of the Board of Directors of New Musicals, Inc., and on the Board of Directors of Filmmakers’ Alliance.
The daughter of an accomplished oil painter from the south and born into a long line of creative southern women, MEGAN MILLER (art director) was accepted into Cincinnati’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts at age of 9. As a tactile artist her work has been shown all over the southeastern U.S. As an art director and designer she uses mixed media art and photography to create sets for small stage performances, while focusing on the big picture. She’s known for taking what may just be a good idea and turning it into a living breathing reality from concept to finish.
DERRICK DYMALSKI (composer/pit orchestra) has performed at Carnegie Hall, played with jazz greats such as David Sandborn, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Gordon Goodwin, and toured multiple times internationally. He's also received accolades in the form of several Downbeat awards from acclaimed Downbeat magazine. A graduate of the prestigious Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida, Derrick tours frequently nationally and internationally with his band, World Peace Ensemble.