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originally published: 10/10/2022

(NEW YORK, NY) — Have you ever woken up next to a stranger? What if it was planned that way? Shameless Shameless Productions Presents The Critically Acclaimed One-man Show Dissolve Written by Meghan Gardiner and directed by Renee Iaci, Co-Artistic Director of Shameless Productions. The play takes place on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the United Theater Solo Festival. It lasts 45 minutes and will be followed by a talkback.

Dissolve confronts the issue of drug addiction and drug-facilitated sexual assault. Responding to the interest of schools and educators, Dissolve has toured communities, colleges, universities, and throughout North America for over a decade. Dissolve it stars Emmelia Gordon, who won the Jessie Richardson Award for “Outstanding Actress” for her performance in this role.

Dissolve follows a college girl on a night out, going back and forth from bedroom to bar scenes, morphing between a flurry of 16 characters, both comical and compelling. Designed to provoke thought and dialogue about sexual consent, Dissolve challenges us to change our thinking and behavior around alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault.

Now Dissolve arrives on Theater Row for its New York Off-Broadway premiere at United Solo, the world’s largest solo festival. This seriously funny yet brutally sobering play by Meghan Gardiner captivates audiences with satire while also criticizing attitudes around drugs and alcohol that facilitate sexual assault. Bring your teenagers, bring yourselves, and as one famous reviewer says Give your teens your consent to watch Dissolve.”

This work was created by Gardiner based on her experience as a college student in Vancouver, Canada, at the University of British Columbia. With the support and dramaturgy of UBC professor of theater and film Stephen Heatley, the play was written and then first performed by Gardiner as a graduation project in her BFA acting program. She subsequently toured with him until he passed the baton to Shameless and Shameless Productions, which are in such demand for production that there are two actresses traveling separately in this 1-woman show: Emmelia Gordon and Lucy McNulty.

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Meghan Gardiner is an actress and playwright who has written two plays for Shameless Shameless, love bomb – a musical about the sexual trafficking of young people, and the recently released To perfection – a comedy about a grandmother struggling to understand her grandson as “gender fluid”. Gardener has also written for Green Thumb Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Gateway Theatre, and toured independently with her one-woman show. Dissolve in North America for more than twelve years. Meghan was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in 2011 and received the Sydney Risk Award for Emerging Playwright at the 2012 Jessie Awards. She has written two screenplays; she both earned her BC Leo Award screenwriting nominations and she is currently working on commissions for the Arts Club Theater and the Carousel Theatre. She can be seen on stage in Vancouver, Canada, in the upcoming Arts Club productions of The sound of the music Y the sacrificeas well as on screen in several locally filmed television shows.

Founded in 1995 with a mandate from “telling provocative stories about women to inspire the hand that rocks the cradle to rock the world” Shameless Shameless Productions from Vancouver, Canada brings HERSTORY to the fore. They seek out and create works that provoke a deeper understanding of the past, present and potential of women and bring them to the Canadian and American stages.

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