The Balinese Frog Prince
Hannah and the Hollow Challah, by Alice Eve Cohen, performed by Maria McConville and Michael Orth
Lagushka, The Russian Frog Prince, written and performed by Michael Orth
Alice Eve Cohen in THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE
Gene Gallerano, Cordis Heard,
and Leigh Wade
photo: Julia Keimach
THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE (photo by Janet Charles)
Alice Eve Cohen's solo shows for family audiences have delighted audiences at theatres, schools, museums and festivals, throughout the United States and on three continents. Performances, residencies, workshops, and master classes are available. Scroll down for description of each show.
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“Spellbinding…Our audiences were enraptured.” DTW, Family Matters
“Sly humor and sharp character definition” LA Times
"Fills the stage with her dramatic power and comedic skill." The Smithsonian Institute
“The best play I ever saw in my whole life. It was so funny, I hit my head on the floor.” John, 3rd grade
"Book her as soon as you can. You won't be disappointed." Principal, Vernon Elementary School, NY
"Dazzled us with her performance...A marvelous assembly." English Chair, Garden City Schools, NY
"Rarely do we experience school programs which stimulate creativity and captivate the attention of the children... This was truly an outstanding program which I highly recommend for elementary schools." Principal, Tomaques School, Westfield, NJ
THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE: Alice plays all twelve characters in this beautiful and moving Indonesian myth, using a large green scarf to transform from one part to the next. With movement, song, drama and comedy, she brings this unforgettable story of a fearless frog to life.
THE PARROT: Based on an Italian folk tale, Cohen plays a dozen wildly funny characters, with the help of puppets, masks, songs and musical instruments, including a dazzling solo for two recorders. A story within a story,the Parrot tells of a courageous girl who travels the world, saving princes and bringing joy to every kingdom she visits. The play moves fluidly between 2 fantastic stories: the story about the Parrot, and the incredible story the Parrot tells.
(In the Middle Ages, THE PARROT was wildly popular throughout Europe & the Middle East, told in Italian, English, Hebrew, Arabic and other languages. The performance embraces the story's multi-cultural background.)
THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS is a based on a Grimm's fairy tale. Enacting the adventure-filled odyssey of a boy named Fortune's Favored, Cohen uses minimal props and a huge serving of comedy to create sixteen characters and multiple settings in this perilous and hilarious journey. Songs and blues harmonica complete the story, whose archetypal themes connect it to classic mythology.
WALL TO WALL FROG: THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE and LAGUSHKA, THE RUSSIAN FROG PRINCESS. 26 characters, 2 actors, masks, puppets, comedy and music. 2 solo plays of magic, adventure and love.
"The audience was delighted by the joyful performance of WALL TO WALL FROG, an insightful adaptation of two culturally diverse fairy tales."
—Symphony Space, NYC
LAGUSHKA, THE RUSSIAN FROG PRINCESS
Welcome to a world where anything can become a character: a corkscrew, a glove, even an umbrella. Michael Orth’s one-man musical uses masks, puppets, and a large helping of visual surprise to bring to life an evil wizard, a magical frog, hundreds of Russian nobles and the largest woman in the world.
HANNAH AND THE HOLLOW CHALLAH: A play for two actors playing dozens of roles (and dozens of rolls!) 10 year old Hannah loves challah (the traditional Jewish braided bread). One day, she hollows a challah and finds herself inside the hollow (talking) challah, which flies her all the way to Breadland, where all the inhabitants are... bread. Tension (and dough) rises. Hi-carb comic mayhem ensues, in Alice Eve Cohen's funny and touching play for 2 actors and at least a baker's dozen puppets.
“It was probably the funniest show I have ever seen!”
—Daniel, age 7
"Hannah and the Hollow Challah is a delicious adventure through Bread Land. Our heroine, Hannah, uses courage, creativity and a bright, spunky spirit to overcome monumental challenges. A smart and adorable show with fabulous performances, I highly recommend it."
—Marianna Houston, Education Director, TDF (Theatre Development Fund)
“Hannah and the Hollow Challah is a great play for the whole family. I brought my family, and they loved it. It is filled with witty humor the adults will enjoy, and eye-catching props and wonderful acting which keeps children engaged. As a 3rd teacher, I would highly recommend this play for school groups and families.”
—Chris Miller, 3rd grade teacher, PS 199, New York City
“About a girl discovering her hidden gifts. 'Hannah' [has] relevance to the world of contemporary Jewish artists, who rework Jewish themes to create new artistic styles...Even Hannah’s mother...needs to bend and reshape Jewish tradition in order to be her authentic self."
- The Jewish Week
“Riveting...She weaves a tapestry of language, music, puppetry and movement, and creates a whole which is explosive.”
–The Villager, NYC
Alice Eve Cohen is available for performance and residencies, including:
*Solo performances for adults or for children
*Workshops and master classes: solo theatre, playwriting, memoir writing.
*Readings, panel discussions
Email (see contact page) for more information
Hannah and the Hollow Challah
Solo Theatre Works include:
What I Thought I Knew
Jessica on the Ceiling
The Balinese Frog Prince
The Play that Knows What You Want
(National) New York Theatre Workshop, The New Georges, Dance Theatre Workshop, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Here Arts Center, The Women’s Project, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, LA Women’s Theatre Festival, Barnard College, University of Michigan. (International) Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Theatre Festival, Jerusalem’s Theatre Bama, Trinidad’s Astor Theatre, Oslo Theatre Festival
Awards, grants and playwriting fellowships from:
National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop First Night Award, Poets and Writers Awards
“A wry, magical memoir about the transcendent power of mother-daughter love.” —Elle
"The Year My Mother Came Back is a perfect book." Abigail Thomas, bestselling author of A Three Dog Life
“Everything we love in a book -- profound, honest, hilarious, humane, surprising."
Anne Lamott, Salon BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR"
"Her darkly hilarious memoir, What I Thought I Knew
(Viking), is an unexpected bundle of joy.” Oprah Magazine
“Hilarious, heartbreaking, hopeful and devastating all at once.”—Minnesota Post, The Picks. BROADWAY WORLD AWARD nominee for BEST PLAY and BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY. “So vivid, so immediate, so complex, so full of compassion, so brutally honest… This is what theater can be.”—Tompkins Weekly
One building. A city in upheaval. A solo play about twelve lives colliding. "Gripping" New York Times
“A little show, but with such a big, embracing heart.”
–The Guardian, London
“Spellbinding…Our audiences were enraptured.”DTW, Family Matters
“It was probably the funniest show I have ever seen!”—Daniel, age 7
“She is a remarkable teacher. She helped me to find my artistic voice, and her course had a major impact on my life and my career.”
—James Scruggs, playwright, performance artist.
Book Blog Tour
WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, video
4-minute performance excerpts
THIN WALLS, video
10-minute performance excerpt
READERS GUIDE, What I Thought I Knew
Synopsis, discussion questions, author interview. Read and print for your book group.
WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, available in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle
Three Short Women, Three Tall (True) Tales
Memoirists Program: Alice Eve Cohen, Nancy Bachrach & Julie Metz