A sincere, urgent, and often humorous account of a week-long men’s gathering in the woods that asks deeply personal and politcal questions of race, indentity, and the possibility of healing.
The play humorously tackles the mother/son relationship from birth through a collection of stories of a son and his chain-smoking mom, a nurse who raised her boys alone and cursed like the working-class Irish girl from south Boston she was.
Antonio Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish American mother, is an internationally touring storyteller, author, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University.
As a playwright and solo performer, Sacre won the Best Storyteller in the 2011 and 2012 United Solo Theater Festival, twice won a Best In Fringe Festival award at the New York International Fringe Theater Festival, and twice was selected as one of the Best of the Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival. His show THE NEXT BEST THING was nominated for a LA Weekly Theater Award and chosen as one of their Top 10 L.A. Theater Experiences in 2011. His nine solo performance pieces have enjoyed critical and popular acclaim at the New York International Fringe Festival in New York City; the San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival; the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival and the HBO and Comedy Central Workspaces in Los Angeles; the Rhinoceros Theater Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Kennedy Center; and numerous festivals internationally.
As a storyteller, he has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and on National Public Radio. His storytelling recordings have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Notable Recipient Award, the Parent's Choice Gold and Silver Awards, and the National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award. He was awarded an Ethnic and Folk Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.
As a children’s book author, his book The Barking Mouse was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company and was chosen as an International Reading Association’s Notable Books for a Global Society. He next two picture books were published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. La Noche Buena, a Christmas Story, was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious California Readers Book Collections for School Libraries, 2011, and A Mango in the Hand, a Story of Proverbs was awarded a Parent’s Choice Award in 2011.
Playwright and Solo Performance history
Antonio Sacre’s solo shows at The New York International Fringe Theater Festival in New York (FringeNYC) and the Rhinoceros Fringe Theater Festival in Chicago, director in parentheses:
The Hick, The Spic, and The Chick *(Paula Killen), 1997;
Brown, Black, & White All Over, 1998 (Jenny Magnus);
My Penis – In and Out of Trouble *, 1999 (Jenny Magnus);
Eleven Dollar Prophet, 2000 (Jenny Magnus);
Si La Gente Quiere Comer Carne, le Damos Carne, If the people Want to Eat Meat, Let them Eat Meat – The Remarkable Story of my Brother, 2001 (Brian Mendes);
Up to the Sky, 2002, (Wendy McClellan).
Rise like a Penis from the Flames, 2007 (Jim Lasko)
My Penis – In and Out of Trouble **, 2010 (Paul Stein);
The Next Best Thing **, 2011 (Paul Stein)
Let Them Eat Meat, 2012 (Paul Stein)
* winner, Best in FringeNYC Festival Award
**winner, one of the Best of the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival
Other Chicago solo shows: Conjuring Cubans, Live Bait Theatre, 1996; Twice, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1996; Dead Run, Curious Theater Branch, 1996; Buscando Papito, Strawdog Theater, 1995. Many of the above performances have also played at the San Francisco Theater Festival, the Washington DC Storyteller’s theater, Edgefest in Los Angeles, The Phoenix Fringe, The National Storytelling Festival, many universities nationwide, and the Graz Storytelling Festival in Austria.
He has also presented shows and taught solo performance workshops at Notre Dame; West Texas A&M University; Kennesaw State University; East Tennessee State University; The International Storytelling Center; The Living Room, Bang Theater, Millie’s Cavalcade of Talent, The Write Club, and the Comedy Central Workspace in LA; The Celtic Knot, Evanston, IL; The Prop Theater and Redmoon Theater in Chicago.