The Marsh San Francisco is proud to present a benefit performance of Ann Randolph’s SQUEEZE BOX. Originally produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft, the show, a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, went on to win LA Weekly’s Best Solo Show for 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Ovation Award for Best Solo Show 2002. Its extended 2008 run at The Marsh played to sold-out audiences for eight months. We are thrilled to bring it back for one-night only!
The show tells the painfully funny story of Randolph’s crazy minimum wage life working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter for mentally ill women while pretending to be a hugely successful ‘consultant’ to Harold, an impassioned accordionist and man of her dreams. Randolph brings this unlikely cast of characters to outrageous, pulsing life and shows us how they help her find her own answers to life’s big questions. With nothing but a chair, banjo, guitar and lights to assist her, she invites us to follow along on this tragicomic journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Born and raised in Ohio, Randolph actually did work the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter – for ten years in fact – and wrote SQUEEZE BOX while she was there. The hospital gave her free room and board in exchange for writing and staging plays with the patients.
Now a celebrated and prolific performer, Randolph’s multiple-award-winning Loveland, her most recent show at The Marsh, played in both Berkeley and San Francisco in 2010 to sold out audiences and universal critical acclaim. Her other solo shows include Ann Randolph Miss America, nominated for “best solo show of 2000″ by the LA Weekly and Ohio, which headlined the Los Angeles Women’s theater Festival and the New York City Word Fire Festival. In the theater, Randolph has acted in “Eight Ways To Meet Your Neighbor” (for which she was nominated for Best Comedy Female Performance by the LA Weekly,) Betsy Loves Snap Beans, Hair and Waiting for Godot. She was a member of the Groundlings as well as many infamous sketch groups in LA. Excerpts from her shows have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered,” Public Radio Weekend, PBS, and the BBC. Randolph also teaches the art of solo performance all over the country.