I promise this will all be funny later.
From a nicotine-deprived astronaut to a jilted wedding guest, Stephanie Thoreson's second solo endeavor Fishbowl is a character-driven show about women on the edge. Through a simple, stripped-down anthology of scenes, Thoreson continues to explore the same bittersweetly comic territory of her debut one-woman show Shattered Dreams, with a follow-up that's at once more grounded and more absurd, and ultimately more interested in getting inside its characters' heads than inside their world. Told in minimalist monologues and set pieces, Fishbowl zooms in on one terrible moment from each of its characters' lives, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy that can be best be described as "been there."
Fishbowl ran as a featured ColdTowne Theater mainstage and partnered with Capital Area Counseling and the Yeah, But Are You Happy? podcast to provide on-site mental health resources to attendees. Fishbowl premiered to two full houses at Fallout Theater in March 2019 and played as part of Austin Sketch Fest's 2019 lineup.
Directed by Amy Pacheco Jordan | Art Direction by Andie Flores | Produced by Adam Protextor
A grow-mantic comedy.
Written and directed by Ronald Short, Good Feels on Wheels follows the Austin adventure of Opal (Stephanie Thoreson), who after being ghosted by the date she traveled to the city to see, embarks on a weed-fueled odyssey through the city's strangest residents alongside a pot delivery driver. Self-described as a "grow-mantic comedy", Good Feels is a love letter to Austin, a comedic cavalcade of characters, and a genuinely sweet story of finding yourself in a new place.
Good Feels on Wheels has screened at the Lone Star Film Fest (Winner "Best Texas Film"), San Francisco Indie Fest, Hill Country Film Fest (Winner "Best Actress"), Indy Film Fest (Winner "Best Feature" Audience Award), International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Fest (Winner "Best Texas Actress"), Hell's Half Mile Festival, and is headed to the Reel East Texas Film Fest.
(and Other Positive Experiences)
"A story about finding yourself in the middle of nowhere", Shattered Dreams is Stephanie's debut solo sketch project, a live mockumentary in which she explores the subtle nuances of growing up in a small town. The show follows high school senior Angela as she documents the lives and stories of the citizens of Springville, including an existential third-grader, a mysterious karaoke singer, and an unlikely guru in a fried egg costume.
Stephanie plays nine distinct characters in total, each with their own quirks, voices, and styles, curating an absurd yet relatable world of idiosyncratic personalities that the audience is brought into via a combination of stagecraft, video, and music. A heartfelt coming-of-age comedy, Shattered Dreams is silly, thoughtful, but above all else – human.
Shattered Dreams played a limited release to sold-out crowds at ColdTowne Theater and at the 2018 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.