Tricia Burt’s bumpy, fascinating trip from Southern belle to free agent and artist is a wonderful story, soulfully and hilariously told. If God, that jokester, laughs at our tidy plans, Burt is laughing right along – and so are her lucky audiences. — Jenny Allen, writer, monologist, and star of the Off-Broadway hit I Got Sick Then I Got Better
How to Draw a Nekkid Man (formerly known as I Will Be Good) debuted in December 2008. It’s the story of a Southern woman (me) who abandons conformity to lead an artist’s life. Along the way, I survive scandal, depression, and God, who seems to be stalking me, and explore family upbringing, women’s roles, the creative process, vocation, and the struggle to lead a life freed from other people’s expectations. Ultimately, I transform from corporate executive to contemporary artist, despite enormous pressure to follow convention.
In 2013, I was one of four playwrights selected to attend the Lake George Theater Lab. There I worked with NYC-based directed Mia Rovegno, who transformed both my performance and the show, which was selected for:
- 2015 United Solo Festival, NY, NY
- 2015 Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival
- 2011 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)
- 2011 FringeNYC Encore Series (only one of 12 shows selected)
Some show highlights:
In addition to festivals, I performed the show throughout New England and the South, including runs at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Nantucket Theater Workshop; at universities including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire; and at private engagements, including Amy Grant’s Creative Discovery Weekends.
And stay tuned for my next solo piece! “How to Act Like a Lady,” the second part of the trilogy, is now in development.