GOOD GRIEF! Confessions of a “Peanuts” Junkie – Opens 9/11 at SF Fringe Festival

Solo performer Carolyn Doyle debuts at the SF Fringe Festival

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Good Grief! Confessions of a “Peanuts” Junkie is an intimate snapshot of solo performer Carolyn Doyle’s childhood obsession with those well-worn Charlie Brown TV Specials. Just like Charles M. Schulz’ iconic ”Peanuts” strip, Doyle seamlessly blends humor with melancholy in her wistful look back at what it’s like to be a quirky 12 year old, with an alcoholic mom, and heartbreakingly in love with your best friend. Doyle says she’s always been interested in the idea of confession, and as a performer she’s always loved the not-so-simple art of storytelling. This interest led to the creation of a series of “confessions” developed for the stage. Her first “reveal” was about her son with autism, and culminated in the show Confessions of a Refrigerator Mother, a solo piece premiered last spring at the Marsh in San Francisco to sold-out audiences. And there were more confessions to come.

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Good Grief! Confessions of a “Peanuts” Junkie

CAROLYN DOYLE has performed throughout the Bay Area, including Marin Theatre Company, Encore Theatre, San Jose Rep’s Red Ladder, Willows Theatre, Signal Theatre, Western Stage, Shotgun Players, Woman’s Will, Theatre Rhino, Eastenders Rep and the California and SF Shakespeare Festivals. Additionally, Carolyn is a member of Rough and Tumble, PlayGround and ADL at Z Space. As a solo performer, she’s performed at Porchlight: A Storytelling Series, CounterPULSE’s Words First, EXIT’s Thursday Night Combo, Julia Morgan Center’s Tell It on Tuesday!, the SF Solo and SF Theatre Festivals.

SUSAN E. EVANS directed Carolyn Doyle’s previous solo piece, Confessions of a Refrigerator Mother at the Marsh. Susan is the former Artistic Director of Eastenders Repertory Company. For ERC she directed: We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo; The Dove (Barnes); Terminating … or Ambivalence (Tony Kushner); Frozen (Bryony Lavery); Audience and Unveiling by Václav Havel; Brecht’s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich; Pinter’s The Lover; Playing with Fire (Strindberg); The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in His Garden (Lorca); Three More Sleepless Nights (Churchill); Scott Munson’s WWJD?; The Bedbug (Mayakovsky); Far Away (Churchill); [sic] by Melissa James Gibson; Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry, In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Something Cloudy, Something Clear and The Long Goodbye (Tennessee Williams); Mixed Doubles (Feydeau); Frenzy for Two, or More (Ionesco); Reverse Transcription (Kushner); Early Mourning (Coward); In the Shadow of the Glen (Synge); The Virtuous Burglar (Fo); Blue Kettle (Churchill); Waiting for Lefty (Odets); Hughie (O’Neill); and the world premieres of Charles E. Polly’s Twyla’s Story and June Bug Music.

Now in its 19th year, the San Francisco Fringe Festival brings fresh, daring, exciting theatre of all varieties to open-minded audiences of all persuasions. Often over-the-top and under-the-radar of traditional theatre, “The Fringe” has its rabid devotees – and wins more fans every year. Since most performances run under an hour, Fringe Fans enjoy trooping from venue to venue, seeing as many shows as they can in one day.

Good Grief! Confessions of a “Peanuts” Junkie plays September 11th at 9:00 pm; September 16th at 10:30 pm; September 17th at 8:30 pm; and September 19th at 2:30 pm, at  Exit Stage Left in San Francisco.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: GOOD GRIEF!

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