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One-woman show returns to Off Center Stage

Author, playwright, journalist and producer Polly Frost will bring her real life humor to the Center for the Arts stage Sunday.

Frost revels in the life lessons she learned at the hands of nontraditional mentors in her new one-woman show, “Bad Role Models and What I Learned From Them.” The autobiographical show spans her horse-obsessed girlhood in 1950s Southern California to her emerging adulthood, in which she becomes a European art-obsessed free spirit, prone to skipping school and hanging out with naked revolutionaries in Big Sur.

“When I went back through my life, I realized that the people who had this very positive influence on me could really be seen as very bad role models,” said Frost.

Frost has been compared to Edith Wharton and Garrison Keillor. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Narrative Magazine and The Barnes and Noble Review.

“It is Frost’s ability to combine her uniquely radiant charisma with a superb command of language that distinguishes her as a master storyteller,” wrote the Huffington Post.

Frost’s work: “Disquiet, Please!” “Fierce Pajamas” and the anthology “Humor Me” edited by Ian Frazier can be found in The New Yorker’s “best humor” anthologies. Frost’s 2010 book, “With One Eye Open,” includes 25 of her most popular pieces on topics ranging from food to mommy blogging to friendship in the age of social networking.

Her latest book, “Deep Inside,” is a sexually provocative horror erotica collection. Frost’s play, “The Last Artist in New York City,” was selected for Best American Short Plays 2008-2009.

Married to comedy writer Ray Sawhill, the couple collaborated on the comic and erotic theater project “Sex Scenes.”

Frost says that she switched from publishing to live performance because she prefers forming a tangible connection with her audience. Her talent comes from observing everyday life and finding humor in it. Even the hardest times can be a source of great comedy.

“If you’re open to it, life will constantly give you hilarious material. You just have to get it down and not get in the way of it.”

See Frost’s one-person show, “Bad Role Models and What I Learned from Them,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St. in Grass Valley. Tickets are $12 for members of The Center, $15 for non-members and are available at The Center’s Box Office and BriarPatch Co-op.

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