Hello! Sadness!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
STO STO 131 Stokes Auditorium
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Sullivan, Walter H
President's Office

Performance:  Hello! Sadness!
Saturday, February 10
7:30 - 9:00pm
Stokes Auditorium
A one-person show created and performed by Friend in Residence, Mary Tuomanen.

Hello! Sadness! is a dark comedy that weaves a story from Joan of Arc to the Black Panther Party to misogynist stand-up to awkward French New Wave dancing. With imagination, visual projections, and a perfectly interspersed sound design, audiences move about from the here and now to 1960s Chicago, an intoxicating poppy field, fifteenth century France, a street run by prostitutes, a museum, a trial, a speeding car, a secret place of joy and rage.

Mary proposes humor as a weapon for social activism—to laugh at the oppressor in all of us, then punch him in the face. 

Mary Tuomanen is a playwright and performer recently named the 2017 F. Otto Haas Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist by Theatre Philadelphia.  She received the inaugural Artist Residency at Christ Church Neighborhood House for her play, Peaceable Kingdom (2017). The play was nominated for 7 Barrymore Awards, receiving honors for outstanding costume design as well as the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award for best particular understanding of our global community.

When able, she alternatively attends Friends Meeting of Philadelphia and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

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