Dallas Loves “Bad Dates”

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FROM THEATERJONES:

“Tull’s friendly presence on stage pulls audiences in easily—she’s that funny, self-deprecating friend you have, the one who tells all the best stories at the parties. And that’s part of the magic that makes her show work.”

“Tull’s acting style is subtle and engaging, switching between charmingly awkward scenes…and the conversational storytelling that makes it hard to remember that she is even on a stage, that you’re not just hanging out with her one-on-one. It’s a good mix that frames her stories well.”

“Tull and her stories make you laugh, but they also really make you think—about disappointment, acceptance, the search for what happiness really means, and that little bit of unsquashed hope that maybe life really will turn out like the movies.”

(Jessica Fritsche)

 

FROM DALLAS EXAMINER:

“Eileen Tull’s ‘Bad Dates’ is a clever, anecdotal ‘conversation'”

“It’s important to note here, I think, Tull’s skillful ability to craft a story that is quirky and intriguing, without resorting to gimmicks or enormous catastrophe. We can understand why her mating rituals thus far have not been unmitigated disasters but also why they left a lot to be desired.”

“Ms. Tull has a very engaging quality and she’s very sharp when it comes to including quotes from the various Star Wars films.”

(Christopher Soden)

Dallas Solo Festival and Interviews Galore!

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Coming up this weekend! Bad Dates, Or What Killed That Monkey In Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger heads to the Dallas Solo Fest! More information here.

 

MEDIA BLITZ!

In case you missed it, a bunch of things came out around the same time. Here they are:

“On the cusp of turning 29, Eileen Tull has done more than artists twice her age. Performance artist, poet, storyteller, comedian, and feminist who has performed across the country, she will be performing her one woman show, “Bad Dates, Or What Killed That Monkey In Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger” beginning May 20, doing seven performances over two weeks.” The Chicago Ambassador

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“Why is seeking joy such a critical element of your work?
Joy is the only way through darkness. Life is only bearable with a little humor and happiness. And since my work explores potentially intense subject matter, I have to keep the focal point as joy. Otherwise there is too much to get bogged down in. And while I want to explore difficult subjects, I want to go further than just pointing at hard truth. The joy is the solution. Ultimately, it’s been the only way I’ve survived.” – The Clyde Fitch Report

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“Q: Could you tell us about some of your particular kind of of solo work?
A: My work is radically vulnerable. I talk about my own life and experiences, ranging from religion, body image, relationships, loneliness, movies, and alcoholism. And though I broach serious subjects, I infuse everything with humor and joy. 
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“I wrote Bad Dates, Or What Killed That Monkey In Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger, over the course of last year. It’s a show about romantic relationships and how my lifelong obsession with Harrison Ford movies has skewed my perception of human men. It’s a sweet and funny piece, choc-ful of movie references. I’ve been touring it through Chicago and taking it to the Dallas Solo Fest in June.” – The Solo Performer
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“Obviously, the title references the famous line about the poisoned treat that kills our monkey spy friend in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Combine that with the format of Dr. Strangelove’s full title and there you have it. I remember not understanding what a date-the-fruit was when I first saw “Raiders,” so I had to ask for clarification from my parents. I didn’t understand (as a 6 or 7 year old) why Sallah would be bringing up an awkward meet up for coffee as the fan revolved over that dead monkey’s body.” – TheaterJones
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“I spent last year writing a show about dating and doing a lot of creative work around relationships and dating, so I feel like I’m finally getting to the point where I’ve purged the urgency of it out of my system…I just deactivated my Tinder account and I’m just going to be able to be calm about [dating] now.  – Go Date Yourself – a podcast about dating in the modern world
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“‘It’s healing,’ one of the performers said to me after the recent Plan 9 show. I had never been able to succinctly describe what was so wonderful about burlesque. It is healing and reaffirming. It’s also sexy and voyeuristic and many other things that may or may not get you off. Since stepping into the world of burlesque, I myself have been experimenting with showing my body onstage.” – Artfully Engaging

 

Spring Forward

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Salonathon: What I Would Be Doing In My Living Room If I Wasn’t Doing It Here

Photo by MB Stanton

Upcoming performances with the side project theatre, The Stoop, and The Plagiarists. Keep your calendar updated HERE.

Spanx You Very Much

SPANX YOU VERY MUCH

A theatrical dance extravaganza created by Dani Bryant, Erica Vannon, and Sheena Laird

Starring 40+ of the most fierce and talented women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

Presented at the final Sketchbook Festival by Collaboraction at the Chopin Theatre in January 2016

MEDIA BLITZ!!!

The show is open! Look at all these links of the recent media blitzzz and other ventures:


^Hey! It’s a snippet of Bad Dates, Or… performed at Sketch on the Rocks. Filmed by David Audino.

“So, I was enjoying it, this movie, this forbidden flick: Problem Child, starring John Ritter as a guy who adopts a child who turns out to be…a problem. In this film, there are a few moments of implied sexuality, tame by today’s standards, but at the time, I felt like Eve being tempted in the Garden of Eden. I can’t remember the exact moment that triggered my blossoming sexuality to bloom, because, truthfully, I haven’t watched the movie since. I just know it’ll never be as good as the first time…”
^My recently performed story, “Come and Knock On Our Door,” was published by You’re Being Ridiculous HERE.

“He’s so iconic, he’s a part of everyone’s childhood, even if you haven’t seen Star Wars, I mean who are you? But if you haven’t, then you’ve seen Indiana Jones or you’ve seen Air Force One, or you’ve seen The Fugitive, you’ve seen one of his movies, you grew up with him in some way, because pop culture has embraced him so much…”
^I got to hang around with Caffeinated Comics and talk about Harrison Ford all afternoon! Listen HERE.


^I also got to chat with the fine folks at Live at the Blue Box, one of the performance venues, in a live podcast. Listen to the recording HERE.

“It’s such a good idea that I can’t believe no one else is doing it,” said Eileen Tull, a “Flick Lit” performer. Tull will perform an excerpt from her one-woman show, “Bad Dates, Or What Killed That Monkey in Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger,” which details her lifelong affection for Harrison Ford and how the obsession impacted her romantic and personal life.” – Jake Miller
^A few news items about Flick Lit: Reel-to-Real Storytelling, a new show where I’ll be featuring later this week with a snippet of Bad Dates, Or… alongside a lineup of great storytellers. Read an interview about the new event HERE. And don’t miss my adorable childhood photo on their website!

“Tull is an engaging performer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ford oeuvre, and many will be able to relate to her thus-far-fruitless quest to find love…”
^And finally, a review of Bad Dates, Or… that could be accurately described as “mixed.” There are lots of valid points, and I’m actually making a few minor adjustments to the show. Overall, though, you can’t please everyone!

Annnnnnnnnnd, it’s official, Bad Dates, Or… will be featured at WindyCon in November! Find more information about the convention schedule HERE.

Kill Your Darlings

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BAD DATES, OR… opens in just a few days!

Mark your calendars to come see the show, but in the meantime, enjoy this nugget of cut dialogue from the show!

“I am so sure, so positive that we are perfect for each other. We make the same kinds of jokes, we watch the same TV shows, and we love the same movies.

And we like the same things about our favorite things. We both think that the first shot of a movie is the most important, and it should in some way speak to the final shot. We both think that Chicago is the greatest city in the world. It seems like we have the same politics, based on his ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’. And we both think that Harrison Ford is the prime example of all that is wonderful about movie stars. I know all of this just from his online presence, just think about what we’ll bond over when we meet IRL.”

#BadDatesOr

Coming up!

Performances:

August 22nd and 29th: Beast Women (performance art)

September 3rd-5th: O+ Festival (solo performance)

September 10th-13th: LezPlay with Pride Films and Plays (directing)

September 19th: HI typ/O celebrations (performance art)

Photos! Videos! Headshots!

TBA…

And lots of information about Harrison Ford

“Jesus” at the Cincy Fringe!

He’s a-coming! Jesus is soon returning to Cincinnati for the Cincy Fringe.

Performances are:
Wed, May 27 @ 6:30PM
Sat, May 30 @ 7:00PM
Sun, May 31 @ 2:00PM
at First Lutheran Church 1208 Race St.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Jesus, Do You Like Me? Please Mark Yes or No. (photo by Caroline Kidder)

Jesus, Do You Like Me? Please Mark Yes or No. (photo by Caroline Kidder)