Loneliness on the Street and in the Dance Studio

What is loneliness to you? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Sound like?

SOLOnelyTogether-Gold Sketchy #1Each Wednesday morning, Caroline O’Brien would come into her work-study at Headhouse Studios to clean the space. Outside she would find one or more people between residences asleep on South Broad Street.

O’Brien’s new work, SOLOnely Together, is inspired by her interactions with the displaced people outside her studios and her appreciation of the many commonalities we share. O’Brien cleans because finances are tight; to keep her involved and inspired with her art, she must find ways to get cheap rehearsal space. Life is a lonely struggle: for an artist, for the homeless, for everyone.

On January 15th 2016 at 7:30pm, a cast of once homeless and non-homeless will intimately share their emotional spectrum of struggles with loneliness and moments of happiness; for a similarly blended audience of once homeless and non-homeless alike.

“It’s an amazing feeling to find ways of giving back; by using the elements of what you love most in life,” says O’Brien. She’s partnered with TASK [Trenton Area Soup Kitchen] for the evening’s presentation. Suggested donation is $15 (you can also bring canned food and goods); all of the proceeds will go towards TASK. Restaurant Bourbon & Branch will provide food for a post-show reception.

[Headlong Studios, 170 S. Broad Street] January 15, 2016; email Caroline O’Brien for more information.

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.