Tricia Burt’s bumpy, fascinating trip from Southern belle to free agent and artist is a wonderful story, soulfully and hilariously told. If God, that jokester, laughs at our tidy plans, Burt is laughing right along – and so are her lucky audiences. — Jenny Allen, writer, monologist, and star of the Off-Broadway hit I Got Sick Then I Got Better
How to Draw a Nekkid Man (formerly known as I Will Be Good) debuted in December 2008. It’s the story of a Southern woman (me) who abandons conformity to lead an artist’s life. Along the way, I survive scandal, depression, and God, who seems to be stalking me. Ultimately, I transform from corporate executive to contemporary artist. My solo show has been selected for:
- 2015 United Solo Festival, NY, NY
- 2015 Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival
- 2011 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)
- 2011 FringeNYC Encore Series (only one of 12 shows selected)
I’ve also performed it throughout New England and the South, including runs at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Nantucket Theater Workshop; at universities including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire; and at private engagements, including Amy Grant’s Creative Discovery Weekends.
In 2013, I was one of four playwrights selected to attend the Lake George Theater Lab, where I worked with my director Mia Rovegno, who transformed my performance and the show. Although the show now has a different look, here are a couple of clips from past performances to give you a feel for the work.
While it may be my story, many people claim it as their own, including a gallery owner from Cuba; a retired Episcopal bishop; college students; a Jewish woman from Long Island; a transgender woman from New York; and a 70-year-old man who, with tears in his eyes, thanked me for telling my story. One audience member said, “You may think that story is all about you, but it’s really all about me.”
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes