Actress and comedian Lauren Weedman’s new solo show Tammy/Lisa – From Misery to Meaning has its world premiere run at REDCAT this week (Sept. 29-Oct. 2).
Best known for her work on the HBO series Looking and as a former Daily Show correspondent, Weedman is also a staple in Los Angeles’ storytelling circuits. She’s hosted many of The Moth’s story nights and has participated in the long-running Uncabaret series, among others. Also a veteran writer, Weedman’s latest book, Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having it All from Someone Who is NOT OKAY, was published by earlier this year by Plume. Her first book, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body, was named as a top ten Indie book for 2007 by the Kirkus Review.
In Tammy/Lisa – From Misery to Meaning, Weedman brings a memoir of sorts to the stage. She shares her secret alternate identity—Tammy Lisa—with the audience through through words, music, dancing and other surprises. Tammy Lisa is a persona that’s evolved from her past; it’s the name given to Weedman from her birth parents: Tammy from her biological father and Lisa from her biological mother.
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Her adopted family gave her a new name and a life that led to near-stardom and gobs of critical praise, but as early-ish midlife approaches, Tammy Lisa is re-emerging as a musical and multi-faceted character who often embodies Loretta Lynn, Helen Reddy, or Lucinda Williams — depending on her mood swings. Tammy Lisa re-invents the cabaret form with funny and dark songs of heartbreak, gay boys, straight boys, volatile love, side-splitting comedy, and bliss.
Tammy/Lisa — From Misery to Meaning is directed by Erica Beeney with music by Tim Sonnefeld.
Here’s a taste of Weedman singing the blues.
Lauren Weedman: Tammy/Lisa – From Misery to Meaning
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at 8:30 pm; Oct. 2 at 7 pm
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles
Tickets: $20-25 general audience, $16-20 members/students, $10-12 CalArts affiliate