SHIVA FOR ANNE FRANK: RACHEL MCKAY STEELE TO PERFORM SOLO SHOW AT THE PIT
WHO: Comedian, storyteller and writer Rachel McKay Steele is excited to announce her solo show, Shiva for Anne Frank, which is a tribute to her own cultural identity as well as an honorarium to Anne Frank delivered through a comedic lens. The show is directed by Lauren Ann Brickman and will premiere at The Peoples Improv Theater this November.
WHAT: Rachel’s solo show celebrates Jewish identity, girlhood, community mourning, life, and begs the question of whether or not one Jewish comedian can and should relate herself to Anne Frank. Although Anne Frank is one of the most famous and recognizable young women in the world, her legacy is often infantilized or simplified so she can remain a saintly beacon from one of humanity’s darkest chapters. For two nights in November, Rachel invites you to laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn Anne Frank as filtered through her own hilarious experiences of getting a nose job, rehashing her Bat Mitzvah, and sharing her favorite story of a one night stand (with a German). To keep the show socially conscious and aware, Rachel is consistently updating the piece to stay up to date with current news and relevant events. The entire team behind Shiva for Anne Frank is female and three of the four women are Jewish.
WHEN: Thursday, November 29th at 7:30pm and Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm
WHERE: The People’s Improv Theater Mainstage (Striker) - 123 E 24th St NYC, 10010
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ABOUT RACHEL MCKAY STEELE: Rachel McKay Steele is a writer and comedian from Charleston, SC, currently living in her mother’s homeland of Brooklyn, NY. She’s a comedy veteran & has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the Brooklyn Comedy Collective. She performs improv & stand up comedy all around NYC as well as in festivals around the US. She has worked on numerous award-winning independent films such as Gayby and in creative development for Oscar-nominated What Happened Miss Simone. Rachel loves breakfast sandwiches and her current go-to is scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar on a whole-wheat wrap. She is also a cat mom to a rescue calico named Roxy. She is allergic to cats, but they make it work.
ABOUT LAUREN BRICKMAN: Lauren Brickman is a proud member of UCB Maude Night's Archnemesis and has appeared off-broadway in Lisa Lampanelli's "Stuffed." Lauren is a member of Story Pirates and is the co-host of REVIVAL at Caroline's on Broadway. Lauren has also been featured in numerous commercials, tv shows, films, and is the co-creator of the web series "Sitters". Lauren earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa and her BFA from Adelphi University.