Actress Sharon Breslau often remarks, “Some people do extreme sports – I do extreme living.” Case in point: her new play, Gloriously Naked & Flailing is a hilarious and poignant look inside a 30-year journey of a beloved character, giving the audience perspective and insight (and cause for pause) on the life of Gloria, as she ages from 5 to 35 years old.
“All of us are of course on a journey,” says Breslau, who writes, performs and directs the play. “Sometimes it’s a bump or a detour that takes us to the next place, often a place we never expected to find ourselves. My audience will look for — and find — clues about Gloria and Gloria’s life in all of the characters I play – the woman screaming out the window at the people below on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, God, the closeted lesbian at a poetry slam, the persona we invent for ourselves as we embark on our first job, but they will also see elements of themselves.”
Breslau is thrilled to present Gloriously Naked & Flailing for Performing Arts of Woodstock (PAW) and introduce her audience to this coterie of characters that represent real love and looniness. “Some of these characters I’ve worked with before. Others are brand new. Some have been improvised and others have come out of hours of hard work.”
Sharon adores working with PAW and has directed three other plays for the group: Great Falls in 2009, Kimberly Akimbo in 2010, and Lucy in 2011. Additionally, Breslau has acted in seven seasons for PAW including: Otherwise Engaged, Naked & Flailing (thanks to PAW for letting this piece evolve!), Wonder of the World, Some Girls, and Doubt.
After studying with Stella Adler, Sharon did improvisational theatre in NYC with The First Amendment and Ultraprov.She appeared in a Nichols & May-style comedy team called Breslau & Tiedemann at comedy clubs in and around NYC, and was featured on the wonderful, although short lived, television show called Kleintime starring Robert Klein. Her regional theatre credits include A Shayna Maidel at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo and Borders of Loyalty at The Portland Stage Company in Maine. Some of her other favorite roles have been in Ludlow Fair, Subject to Fits, and Echoes in small Off Off Off Broadway theaters. Her film roles include Naked Gun 33½ and Ghost. She was a featured guest on Law and Order and on Big Brother Jake, and she starred in an NBC sitcom called Maverick Square with Michael Chiklis. Sharon is currently working on her first full-length play called Callista Jumps.
Gloriously Naked & Flailing plays at Byrdcliffe Theater on Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays July 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. The final performance will take place on Sunday, July 28 at 5 p.m. Call 845 – 679-7900 for reservations. Not recommended for children but HIGHLY recommended for those who have enjoyed the work of Lily Tomlin or Spalding Gray.
For more information as well as a YouTube video preview of Gloriously Naked & Flailing, please visit Performing Arts of Woodstock