What happens when comedic actress Jenn Dodd doesn’t show up to her one-woman show?
Dodd recently premiered her first solo show, “No Show: A One-Woman Show,” on Oct. 10. The show runs through Oct. 25 at Stage Left Studios in Manhattan.
Dodd said she’s been working on the show over the course of the past year.
“By the last show, I will have it exactly how I want it,” she said.
After she fails to arrive for her own show, many different personalities take advantage of the empty stage. In this quirky, fast-paced comedy, Dodd’s inspiration to portray each oddball character is through an “amalgamation” of ideas.
By coming on stage from different parts of the theatre, Dodd plays characters like Trish Casino, a Psychic medium and a “drunk chick laugh-pukes at wedding” YouTube star; Kyle Baxter, a technician by night, video gamer and role-play expert by day; Rhonda Tuttle, Dodd’s Southern, cougar aunt hoping to meet husband number seven; and last but not least, Tiffani-Tori-Amber Sweetin, a washed-up child star and Dodd’s under-studied understudy.
The show goes through many costume and wig changes, which Dodd said are an important part of the show because visual cues help the audience identify the character she is embodying.
From the age of 14, Dodd was acting in class plays and at the local medieval fair in Texas. Acting brought her to New York after she was accepted into the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Since graduating, she has created more than 50 original characters.
Most recently, she joined the cast of the off-Broadway play, “The Gong Show,” in which she plays multiple original characters. She is a member of The Final Edition Radio Hour, a satirical, political comedy program that airs on the Progressive Radio Network.
Dodd is also last year’s Andy Kaufman Award finalist, which she said “was a great experience” and wants to compete again this year.
Oddly enough, Dodd moved to the City on the day of the blackout in 2003, where she moved to Astoria and hasn’t left since.
By living and working in Astoria, she said “there is a lot of competition, but it is very healthy.”
Dodd said watching other comedians and actors in the Western Queens area keeps her on her toes.
When asked how she expects her audience to react to the show, she said “I would like to capture the element of surprise.”
In the future, Dodd wants to play a pre-school teacher who reads an inappropriate book to her class.
Tickets for the show are $20 with a $5 discount for seniors, students and military personnel. For more information, visit www.stageleftstudio.net, or call (212) 838-2134.