Hot Dates details memorable moments in the life of a Bisexual Jewish American Ivy League Punk Rock Pothead Princess. Interspersed with dating scenes, Shira takes us on a journey of her life from her girlhood milestones to attempted womanhood. The show features song, dance, storytelling, & mischief. It first premiered on June 4th 2017 as part of the The Hollywood Fringe Festival at The Three Clubs. It won an Encore Producer's Award for a showing on July 21st 2017.
INTERVIEW BY PAULINE ADAMEK FROM ARTS BEAT LA
What’s your show about?
My show is about memorable dates, literally and figuratively, in my lifetime- from girlhood milestones to attempted womanhood.
What was the inspiration for it?
I have always been obsessed with dates, and the concept of time. I studied performance art at UPenn with Deb Margolin, and since then have had the goal of doing a one-woman show. Last year, I took a Hollywood Fringe storytelling workshop with Deana Barone, and the dream rekindled. Being a single woman dating in LA, I meet a lot of other single ladies with similar frustrations and experiences, so this seemed like an ideal platform to broach the subject.
What do you hope audiences to gain from your show?
In creating this show, I experienced a process of self-examination and realization. In a culture that seems to outcast a single woman in her mid-thirties, I came to the conclusion that finding inner peace is more fundamental that finding a life partner. I also wanted to express the importance of bouncing back from life challenges, and taking risks to achieve your goals. For me, creating and performing a one-woman show was one of those goals. Hopefully I can inspire some others to do the same, and take risks to achieve their own life goals.