Award-winning playwright, actress, and comedian Kate Robards joined Really Spicy Opera in its 2017 season to perform her 1-woman play Ain’t that Rich at the 2017 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. She returns in the 2018 and 2019 seasons to perform her follow-up play PolySHAMory at the Tampa, Atlanta, and Montreal Fringe Festivals.
The premiere of Robards’ solo play Mandarin Orange at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival earned nods from the Washington Post and the Washington Times, which named it a Pick of the Week. Further performances at San Francisco’s EXIT Theatre, the Marsh Theatre, and the 2015 Maui Fringe Festival garnered sold-out houses and earned Robards’ the Maui Fringe Festival’s Hoku Award for favorite performer.
Robards’ Ain’t that Rich debuted at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival, where it was named a Best of Fringe pick by DC Metro Theatre Arts. A production at the 2017 Maui Fringe Festival earned 1st Prize – Best in Festival and Audience Choice awards. Her play PolySHAMory debuted at FRIGID NYC 2018, earning Best of Fringe and Best Bet accolades from Theatre Is Easy. It went on to win the Technician’s Pick award at the 2018 Tampa International Fringe Festival and was named a “Don’t miss” show by Montreal Rampage at the 2019 Montreal Fringe.
Praise for Ain’t That Rich
“A true gem who has audiences chuckling up one moment and tearing up the next.” — Anya Leibovitch, Montreal Theatre Review
“An engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.” —Jennifer Perry, Broadway World
“A dazzling solo performance…as mesmerizing and powerful as it is funny.” —Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theatre Arts
“Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Robards’ well-made story sneaks up on you… Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of money and class and race, her story packs an unexpected wallop.” —Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
Praise for PolySHAMory
“Robard’s storytelling is passionate, quick and witty and her stage presence radiates confidence and just enough vulnerability…expertly timed comedic relief to the progressively dense atmosphere.” –Frida O’Pressed, Montreal Theatre Scene
“Don’t miss this excellent one-woman show about polyamory and personal growth” –Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage