Southern Discomfort Productions is proud to announce that “Alabama Bound” and its local star and director are heading to New York City as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival.
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The one-woman play, written and directed by Charlotte Higgins and starring Linda Nalbandian, is making its New York premiere after a sold-out run in Sacramento last year and a previous sold-out run in San Francisco.
Higgins is a Placerville resident, and Nalbandian, who grew up in Placerville, now resides in Sacramento.
The play will be presented for six performances from Aug. 14 through 25 at The White Box in Manhattan.
“Alabama Bound” ambles the dusty back roads of Alabama with five memorable, edgy Southern women.
In the show, Nalbandian portrays the five women and their numerous acquaintances.
The women’s voices have been described as having a wicked wit and a drawl like dark molasses peppered with yellow jackets.
Nalbandian’s performance received excellent reviews during its Sacramento run.
Nalbandian has done theater from San Francisco and San Jose to Reno and South Lake Tahoe and performed at many venues in the area, including the Delta King, River Stage, Garbeau’s Dinner and Chautauqua Theaters. She is also a talented singer and has been featured in independent films shot in Northern California, playing everything from a police officer to a vampire and has done various commercials and voice-overs.
Nalbandian started acting in high school in El Dorado County.
“I am so excited,” she said. “This is my first trip to New York and to be performing there is a dream come true. It feels like the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years.”
Higgins was born and raised in Alabama and started her theater career with the Writers Who Act in San Francisco, ultimately performing her work at various venues in the Bay Area.
Her full-length play, “Birmingham Blues,” was read at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, and she is the author of the novel “Blue Monday.”
Although a native of Alabama, she has lived in Placerville for almost 20 years.
“It’s such an honor to be selected to participate in the Fringe, and certainly I have wanted to have my work presented in New York,” said Higgins. “And now it’s happening. Linda and I make a great team, and we have loved working together. We can’t wait for this road trip.”
Fringe NYC is North America’s largest multi-arts festival. Two hundred shows were chosen from more than 800 submissions this year.
Over the festival’s 16 days in August, an estimated 75,000 people will see 1,200 performances performed by 5,000 artists at 20 venues in New York City.
For more information see fringenyc.org or go to southerndiscomfortproductions.com.