Lauren Weedman’s one-woman show is a mostly autobiographical play based on her experiences working as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California prison for women. Weedman’s job is to listen, but talking is what she does best, with occasionally disastrous and frequently hilarious results. She plays dozens of characters, switching from prostitute to parole officer, addict to editor, with nuance and empathy. With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a poignant, entertaining, and completely unforgettable ride.
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If Lauren Weedman is an acquired taste, I’ve acquired it.
Anna Deveare Smith on speed.
Whip smart, funny, and creative. Lauren Weedman juggles two-dozen characters with a frantic mania that’s admirable and impressive.
An overcrowded women’s prison is the last spot most people would choose as a place of refuge, but it’s where Lauren Weedman ends up in Bust. Looking to augment her life with something other than humiliating auditions and the self-obsession of her Hollywood compatriots, Lauren volunteers as a prisoner advocate. Weedman employs all of her linguistic and physical dexterity to create these seemingly disparate worlds. She deftly careens back and forth, embodying dozens of characters, from a surly, authoritative guard to a hilariously immodest, dachshund-rescuing sauna occupant to a quietly dignified but violent prisoner.Read More
It’s hard to categorize Lauren Weedman. Her eclectic body of work, spanning theatre, film, television, and memoir, has led to a delightfully bizarre notoriety: during a residency at the prestigious Macdowell Colony, Weedman went virtually unrecognized by her artistic peers, until the kitchen staff identified her from her appearances on VH1’s Best Week Ever. Her best known and breakout role was her stint as a featured correspondent on The Daily Show, an ill-fated experience she has summarized as “making jokes about the Amish and trying to get Jon Stewart to love me.” Though her time on air was brief, it provided Weedman with ample material: she hilariously recaps the ordeal in both her solo show Rash and her memoir, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe.Read More