My Janis is not actually a play. It is a moment selected from the life of rock legend Janis Joplin and reimagined for an audience. The moment is the summer of 1966 when Joplin had fled to the sanctuary and obscurity of Texas to escape from those demons and addictions that had nearly killed her. She is all prepared to vanish into the endless landscape of Texas when a call comes from Chester “Chet” Helms, the music promoter who sired the counterculture movement of the ‘60s.
He wants Joplin to return to San Francisco and be the lead singer for one of his groups, Big Brother and The Holding Company.
Arianna Veronesi, who wrote, directed and stars in this one woman show gives us a portrayal of the 23-year-old Joplin facing the same plight as Icarus, and the same fate.
The brief piece, with minimal dialogue, moves on the waves of the agonized choice Joplin faced. It may not be a play, but the shadow it throws is that of Greek tragedy, and Veronesi’s performance is spellbinding. And despite having a remarkably rude audience member who shoved her substantial girth between my wife Marlene as she was about to sit, the show still earns a GOLD MEDAL.
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Playing During the Fringe 2017 at
The New Collective
6440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Friday, June 23, 2017 — 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 — 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 6:00 pm
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