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  • August 16, 2022 @ 8:45 am

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First Annual SOLO FEST: Day III

02/03/18 • 

Bag&Baggage is proud to present our first-ever SOLO festival: a weekend of amazing performances and rehearsed readings by single performers.

Each evening features one full-production and one rehearsed reading, and tickets are only $10 per night, so our patrons will have the chance to experience two entirely different and unique performances for only $10!


February 3:

Act I: MOP Deconstructed by Paul Iarrobino

Act II: True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases by Brianna Barrett


MOP Deconstructed

MOP Deconstructed is a coming-of-age story of a gay man’s search for self-expression and acceptance, told through a generational lens. Reflect with Paul on culture and identity through childhood, college, and mature adulthood, with stories full of humor and poignance. Paul Iarrobino is a writer, performance artist, storyteller, and documentary producer, who recently launched the new storytelling company Our Bold Voices.


Paul continues to be one of our fans’ favorite storytellers, and he’s one of my personal favorites as well. Paul’s acerbic wit and cutting observations of others (and himself) are always improbably paired with a deep, reverent love of the humanity of the people he encounters. He’s nothing short of a joy to watch on stage.”

-Tod Kelly, Co-Host and Artistic Director of The 7 Deadly Sins Show


True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases

True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases is a true story about a young woman with chronic health issues navigating her career goals, her personal insecurities, and her quest for true love. Dramatizing illness isn’t about exoticizing tragedy; it’s about telling stories we can all relate to: stories of losing our way, finding ourselves, and looking for love in all the wrong places — while recovering from surgery and unable to move. Brianna Barrett was voted Portland’s Best Storyteller in 2016 and 2017.


“From video series documenting her fight with cancer to 36 Perfectly Appropriate Dinner Conversations, Barrett has made Portlanders cry, laugh, and rejoice.”

-Willamette Week