United Solo Festival Winners Announced

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The United Solo Festival, a two-week festival of one-person theatrical performances, concluded on Sunday night with an awards ceremony at Theatre Row in New York City, hosted by four-time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason.

"Our mission, to showcase the uniqueness of solo theater, has been accomplished," said Omar Sangare, the festival's founder and artistic director, in a written statement. "Having witnessed the popularity of these one-person shows, we feel encouraged to do it again with the second annual festival next year."

The award recipients are:

Best production: Bill Bowers, "It Goes Without Saying"

Best one-man show: John Paul Karliak, "Donna/Madonna"

Best one-woman show: Danusia Trevino, "Wonder Bread"

Best solo actor: Brian Stanton, "Blank"

Best solo actress: Jelena Stupljanin, "Revolting Women/Woman Bomb-Sade"

Best directing: Austin Pendleton, "Clutter: I'm Saving My Life and It's Killing Me"

Best script: Bob Brader, "Spitting in the Face of the Devil"

Best use of set: "I Was Raised Mexican"

Best storytelling: Alicia Dattner, "Eat, Pray, Laugh!"

Best standup: Prescott Tolk, "High Jinxed"

Best multimedia: "***[tenderpits]***" by Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz

Best foreign show: Herbert Kaluza, "The Story of My Dovecote"

Best festival debut: Sivan Suzy Hadari, "The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman"

First sold-out show: Sarah Kay, "Square One"

Audience Award: Patty Staco, "In My Shoes"

uAward (for outstanding solo performer): Anna Deavere Smith