The creation of an original cabaret performance has been a dream of mine for several years, and I am so happy and proud that on Wednesday, May 6, we previewed our two women show, “29, One More Time.”
“29, One More Time” is an irresistibly engaging cabaret theatre performance filled with songs and stories of youth, love, motherhood and the perils and triumphs of womanhood. I wrote and perform this joyful, original work along with Joanne Bonasso who also stars. It is directed by seasoned theatre veteran, Rebekah Dahl from the Music Box Theatre, with musical direction by Mitch Pengra.
We created a cabaret that is filled with unique stories from our lives that are fun, exciting and highly relatable. “29, One More Time” is a play on the social norm of a woman’s need to stay forever young. As women, mothers and actresses, we relate and through our show examine another way to define ourselves, beyond the number of years we have lived on this earth. Audiences will be delighted by the music in the show, ranging from well-known classics like “Cry Me a River,” “Be My Baby,” and “Landslide,” to favorite Barbara Streisand songs to a variety of wonderful obscure selections. “29, One More Time” also boasts an original opening title song written by my father, local plastic surgeon and composer, Dr. Philip Yosowitz.
It has been a truly synergistic and rewarding journey to work with such a talented and committed team. We began working together in late 2014, pulling together songs we loved and ideas from our lives that we wanted to share. My partner, Joanne, has a stunning voice and she is a genius comedian. She will, no doubt, have the entire theatre laughing hysterically. Our wonderful, talented director, Rebekah, who is a gifted actress and writer herself, has really worked with us to craft this show moment by moment. Mitch, our music director extraordinaire, has worked tirelessly to successfully incorporate the 20+ pieces of music that you will hear in the show, ranging from an original opening number to complex medleys and “mash ups,” which is a merging of two or more pieces of music.
I grew up in Houston, and I received a BA from University of Massachusetts and an MFA from University of Houston in theatre, acting, & directing. I have spent much of my time developing an original musical, The Gold, written by my father, Dr. Philip Yosowitz, about a Jewish German boxer during the Nazi Regime. The Gold was last produced at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Kaplan Theatre at the J, and was invited to participate this summer at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in New York City. I am the founder and artistic director of Arts with an Impact, providing theatre programs at multiple schools. I am a member of Congregation Brith Shalom and enjoy singing with the High Holiday choir.
Joanne grew up on a farm in Bryan, TX. She received her BA from Sam Houston State University where she studied music and theater. From college, she immediately began performing leading roles in Houston theaters, including Stages and Theatre Lab. She is the proud mother of two and considers motherhood her best role yet!
“29, One More Time” will leave you delighted, moved and inspired! Come and see us!
“29, One More Time” is produced collaboratively by the Vital Arts Collaborative in cooperation with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC and is this season’s final production in the J’s newly relaunched professional theatre offerings.
“29, One More Time” is playing at the Joe Frank Theatre of the Arts at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center May 6-17.
FOR TICKETS: www.erjcchouston.org/theatre or call the Box Office: 713.551.7255.