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Becky Poole in 'murder, hope'
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Change Your Brain with Becky Poole's “brilliant little one-woman show”

Written and performed by Becky Poole and directed by Carrie Morris, "murder, hope" is the story of one family’s experience with the unimaginably rare and heartbreaking brain disorder, Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. It is a disorienting journey fueled by the creator's obsessions with superhero archetypes, the burgeoning frontier of Neuroplasticity research, and soul-chilling Appalachian murder ballads. It is a charged and curious show that seeks to make sense of the senseless.

In 2006 Becky Poole's nephew, Devin, was diagnosed with Landau Kleffner Syndrome, a highly rare childhood neurological disorder characterized by an unusual combination of epilepsy and aphasia. This condition, which robs children of their ability to use and understand language, has been diagnosed in fewer than 10 individuals per year since it was first discovered in 1957. Becky's urge to make sense of this fascinating and mysterious turn of fate led her to seek comfort and explanation from many sources, and she defended herself against this tragedy by embracing and dissecting Batman mythology, studying contemporary and groundbreaking research in new fields of neurology, and writing eerie and vengeful folk songs to isolate and neutralize her pain. The products of these fascinations have been synthesized in 'murder, hope', a one-woman multi-genre performance piece in which the perplexing challenges of balance and communication are made real for audience and performer alike.

 

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PRESS

"Emotionally resonant, Becky Poole’s humourously profound performance piece is based on her experience with her nephew’s diagnosis of a rare brain disorder, Landau-Kleffner syndrome. On this sojourn, we quest to see if hope still lives and contemplate how delicately constructed our conception of a normal mind or body truly is. A hilariously quirky examination of the imposing, jargon-laced medical world and its surprising hopefulness regarding neuroplasticity, paralleled in the strictness of traditional Appalachian murder ballads and the allure of the superhero mythos, Poole examines the personal impetus to assuage the heartache and suffering of the ones we love."
Vue Weekly

“Becky Poole has a quirky voice and commitment to the absurd that is hilariously charming”.
New York Theatre

“…uses her apple-cheeked charm to lure the audience in before unleashing
a bizarre blend of perkiness and rage.”
Backstage Magazine

"This is an unusual, intelligent production."
Winnipeg Free Press

“Extraordinarily Delightful…”
Comedynet.com

"...quietly harrowing."
The Stranger

"Becky Poole has created a brilliant little one-woman show that deals with disease, its impact on family, and superheroes. She also plays music on saws. It's flippin' awesome."
Seattlest.com

"...a talented actress with a flair for physical comedy..."
Winnipeg Sun

"...fascinating and entertaining...Poole is a funny and magnetic performer."
Uptown Magazine

"...a powerful stage collage...the cultural and personal fragments that Poole has assembled [...] touch the heart."
 


Becky Poole is a Seattle-based actor, comedian, voice over artist, and musical saw player. She has been performing, writing, and producing sketch comedy and performance pieces across the country for the better part of the past decade. Her stage work has included stints with the critically acclaimed,
New York based sketch comedy groups, MEAT and Becky & Noelle.

Other stage highlights include a run of "I'm Gonna Kill The President! A Federal Offense" at
Performance Space 122 and "Becky & Noelle: Investigating the Bucket" in the
2003 New York International Fringe Festival.

Becky has done voice work for Bill Plympton, Discovery Kids, Blue's Room, The Cartoon Network and various animated projects. Her original songs can also be heard periodically on Animal Planet. She plays the musical saw in NYC experimental cover band Stickerbook and is currently a company
member of Annex Theatre in Seattle.

Becky's six year-old performance artist alter ego, Kitty Poole, has performed in venues around NYC including The Bowery Poetry Club, Mo Pitkins, and the People's Improv Theatre in Manhattan and Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Also at the Baronet Theatre in Asbury Park New Jersey. Kitty has also been spotted at Seattle's Re-Bar, the Can Can, On the Boards and the Seattle Solo Performance Festival.

 


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Orlando, Florida
Friday, May 15 at 9:20 PM
Saturday, May 16 at 1:40 PM
Sunday, May 17 at 6:50 PM
Monday, May 18 at 7:40 PM
Wednesady, May 20 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 21 at 9:20 PM
Saturday, May 23 at 11:55 PM

'murder, hope' appears at the The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
812 E. Rollins St.
Yellow Venue - The Goldman Theatre

For tickets and more information: www.orlandofringe.org

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Thursday, July 16 at 12:15 PM
Friday, July 17 at 5:30 PM
Saturday, July 18 at 12:15 PM
Sunday, July 19 at 3:30 PM
Monday, July 20 at 10:15 PM
Tuesday, July 21 at 6:45 PM
Friday, July 24 at 3:30 PM
Saturday, July 25 at 8:45 PM

Tickets: $9
Discount Tickets: $5 for Students, Unemployed

'murder, hope' appears at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Venue #11: Red River College - 160 Princess Street

For tickets and more information: www.winnipegfringe.com

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Edmonton, Alberta
Thursday, August 13, 10:00 PM
Friday, August 14, 4:00 PM
Saturday, August 15, 6:45 PM
Sunday, August 16, Noon
Monday, August 17, 8:45 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 10:45 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2:45 PM

'murder, hope appears at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Venue #7 - Chianti Stage (Yardbird Suite)

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Saturday, August 22, 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 23, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 6:00 PM
Thursday, August 27, 9:00 PM
Friday, August 28, 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 30, 4:30 PM

'murder, hope' appears at the Indianapolis Fringe Theatre Festival
Venue: Theatre on the Square – Stage 2

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Vancouver, British Columbia
Thursday, September 10 at 8:35 PM
Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 PM
Sunday, September 13 at 10:15 PM
Thursday, September 17 at 6:55 PM
Saturday, September 19 at 5:50 PM
Sunday, September 20 at 3:15 PM

'murder, hope' appears at the Vancouver Fringe Festival
Venue: Playwrights' Theatre Centre - 219-1398 Cartwright Street
(Granville Island)

For tickets and more information: www.vancouverfringe.com

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