Nevada County native bring one woman show to local stage
I’m starting a new claim. It’s been well said throughout the community (but not necessarily proven) that Nevada County has more retirees, artists and festivals per capita than any where else in the state. I’d like to throw in that Nevada County breeds more artist talent per capita than any of the 51 other counties.
I’ve lost count of Nevada County natives who have gone on to bigger and better things in film, music, art and life. There’s enough examples to keep me writing one a week for years. Kasey Wilson is one such case.
I met Kasey at a barbecue through mutual friends a few years back and recall never having laughed so hard while trying to get a hamburger. Wilson grew up here and her parents are still a part of the community. When I met her, Wilson was on the verge of an exciting adventure in her life – having been invited to spend time in London practicing her art – theatre, through at a prestigious program.
Her time in London was preceded by a stint in Hollywood, where she acquired credits in film and TV. What had me unable to eat however, was when she was showing her comedic characters that she created and talked about how they came about. Wilson’s time in London came to an end, but she was invited back, on an arts visa, to continue performing there. Before she leaves, however, she will perform a solo show putting one such character on stage, ”Meredith Tittle! #Single Lady” 8 p.m. Saturday at Synthetic Unlimited’s Opera House.
According to local actor Sharon Winegar, Meredith Tittle (“otherwise known as Donnie and Michelle’s mom”) came to life about seven years ago when Wilson was invited to perform at a stand-up comedy night and decided she would create a character for the event.
The previous year, Wilson had gone through “The Groundlings,” the renowned Los Angeles sketch comedy training program. At “The Groundlings,” actors wrote and performed 10-15 sketches a week, always creating new characters. As a result, Wilson had trunks full of wigs, costumes, and glasses. She started putting together different combinations and suddenly, there was Meredith Tittle.
“She just came out of me,” said Wilson, who performed that night as her alter ego and got a great response from the crowd. She began to book other stand-up gigs as Meredith Tittle. At the same time, Wilson was performing burlesque. One day, she decided to see what would happen if Meredith tried to strip. Meredith was horrible, and everyone loved it.
Wilson said that, “Meredith Tittle’s strip tease to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ was the catalyst for my getting hired as a clown for Cirque du Soleil and Spiegelworld. As Meredith, I have performed in LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco, London, and at the Vermont Burlesque Festival. She has inspired me to create a mini web-series. And now, she has inspired me to give her a one-woman show.”
“Meredith Tittle! #Single Lady” is for mature audiences, due to adult language and content. They are asking for a $10 donation at the door. The venue is Synthetic Unlimited’s Opera House, 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley.
Catch Meredith/Wilson while you can!
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