Tap Me on the Shoulder

  TAP ME on the SHOULDER 
written & performed by 
Erika Kate MacDonald
  


WINNER: Orlando Fringe CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD
"Best Female Performance"


Tap Me - Boulder Fringe images 

Photo credit:  Jonathan Farmer


"MacDonald has a talent for skillful and
creative
use of the English language when rhyming about love, life, and confrontation."

-  Pioneer Press, Minneapolis 

 

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For the Press

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER

2014

Press Photos and Press Release (see below)

Erika Kate MacDonald Photo Credit: Jonathan Farmer

Erika Kate MacDonald
Photo Credit: Jonathan Farmer
Dixon Place (New York, NY)

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Erika Kate MacDonald, Photo credit: Sommer Gray

Erika Kate MacDonald
Photo Credit: Patrick Shannon
Montreal Fringe Festival

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Erika Kate MacDonald, Photo credit: Sommer Gray

Erika Kate MacDonald
Photo Credit: Sommer Gray
Home Performance Series (Hadley, MA)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NORTHAMPTON, MA (August 25, 2014) - Pack of Others returns to the Boulder Fringe this year with Erika Kate MacDonald’s TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER, a one-woman show about how she unexpectedly started rapping as an adult.

Set in a tiny Brooklyn living room, TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER is MacDonald’s own story told with an intimate, seemingly casual delivery, and includes original raps performed in her signature, stripped-down style. Her stories take the audience from Indonesian dance classrooms to rural New Hampshire kitchen tables, by way of Minneapolis bike punks, provocative Indigo Girls merch, and the classic rap album “Illmatic.”

"MacDonald has a talent for skillful and creative use of the English language when rhyming about love, life, and confrontation." - Pioneer Press, Minneapolis 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER won the Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Female Performance” at the Orlando Fringe Festival earlier this year. The show toured last year to the Edmonton, Montreal, and Minnesota Fringe Festivals, and was presented independently in New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts.  The show received Massachusetts Cultural Council grant funding for an extended run as a Home Performance Series earlier this year.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 Pack of Others won the 2012 Boulder Fringe Encore Award with Peg-ass-us, which also won Best Comedy at the San Francisco Fringe. The company’s first Boulder Fringe appearance was in 2007 with MacDonald’s FLUID, a cabaret-like solo show about bisexuality, which was named one of Curve Magazine’s “Top Ten Hottest Lesbian Plays,” and was the Director’s Choice at Montreal’s Harvest Theatre Festival. Pack of Others was founded in Brooklyn in 2007 by Erika Kate MacDonald and Sophie Nimmannit, who met while earning B.A.s in Theater Studies at Yale University.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Tickets are available online or at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.boulderfringe.com

Venue: Dairy East Theater, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO

Show dates and times (60 minutes): Thu. 9/18 - 4:00pm; Fri. 9/19 - 8:00pm; Sun. 9/21 - 4:30pm; Mon. 9/22 - 8:00pm; Tue. 9/23 - 9:30pm; Fri. 9/26 - 4:30pm.

Tickets: $12/$10 Students, Seniors
Discounts: Thu. 9/18: 2-for-1 discount; Mon. 9/22: Buy 4 tickets get one free.

Festival dates September 17-28, 2014. For more information about the Boulder Fringe Festival visit boulderfringe.com.

Past Press Releases

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER

PAST PRESS RELEASES

Press Release 4-19-14 - Orlando Fringe Festival 2014

Press Release 2-1-14 - Pioneer Valley Home Performance Series

Press Release 7-8-13 - Minnesota Fringe Festival 2013

Press Release 7-26-13 - Edmonton Fringe Festival 2013

Press Release 5-6-13 - Montreal Fringe Festival 2013

HI-RES PHOTOS

Erika Kate MacDonald, Photo credit: Sommer Gray

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Erika Kate MacDonald
Photographer:  Sommer Gray
Home Performance Series (Hadley, MA)

Erika Kate MacDonald, Photo credit: Sommer Gray

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Erika Kate MacDonald
Photographer:  Sommer Gray
Home Performance Series (Hadley, MA)

Erika Kate MacDonald Photo Credit: Jonathan Farmer

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Erika Kate MacDonald
Photographer:  Jonathan Farmer
Dixon Place (New York, NY)

Reviews

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER


Read the FULL Orlando Fringe REVIEWS:
Orlando Weekly  ...  Orlando Sentinel  ...  Watermark  ...  LGBT Icons


WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

"MacDonald has a talent for skillful and creative use of the English language when rhyming about love, life, and confrontation."
- Pioneer Press,  Minneapolis 

"What does a white yoga instructor have in common with rapper Nas? 
More than you might think.  Even (or especially) if you know nothing about hip-hop, this is a great place to start."

- The Edmonton Journal,  Edmonton

"MacDonald builds a strong connection with the audience through her
eloquent conversational style and loose quasi-improvisational script. 
You leave with a sense of having been invited into a person's home
--
a great feeling for Fringe."
- City Pages,  Minneapolis

"MacDonald has a way of making you feel like
you're the only person in the audience
, and her warm, inviting demeanour comes across in every word and live-performed rap."
- VUE Weekly, Edmonton

Upcoming Performances

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER

Now booking house shows in the U.S. and Canada. 
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House Shows

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER
House Shows

Living room theater is an old tradition that has seen a resurgence in the United States lately.  TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER is a powerful community-building experience when presented in a living room context, and it has already been performed in many living rooms for communities around the country.

We are actively looking for new House Show locations and hosts as we travel.  Take a look at our current route and contact us if you would like to organize or host a performance for your community. 

Watertown House Show audience
Tap Me on the Shoulder is going on the road with these living room performances! 
Check back here for the travel schedule and consider hosting a performance in your home!

Interested in hosting a performance in your home?
Read an open letter to prospective hosts

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Check out some photos from our Home Performance Series
in western Massachusetts! 

Tap Me on the Shoulder Photos

Home Performance Series

Hadley, MA: February 6th, 2014
Photo credit: Sommer Gray

 

 

an open letter to prospective hosts

Re:  Tap Me on the Shoulder – Home Performance Series

October 2013

Dear Prospective Hosts and Organizers,

Hello, my name is Adar, and I am delighted that you are considering helping to bring a home performance of Erika Kate MacDonald’s one-woman show Tap Me on the Shoulder to your community.  My wife Nora and I live in Evanston, Illinois, and together with Erika we organized a similar performance of the show in our own neighborhood earlier this year.  We are writing to strongly encourage you to be involved in this transformative community experience, and give you a sense of what your role can be.

Erika contacted us last spring and mentioned that she would be passing through our area while on tour with her show.  She did not have any performances scheduled in Illinois, and we wanted to see it.  We have a wonderful community here in Evanston, so together we came up with the plan to find a space where she could perform the show for us and our friends and neighbors.  I was familiar with Erika’s past work and so I knew the experience would be worthwhile, but even I was not prepared for the remarkable evening it became. New friendships were formed while people discussed the performance. We lingered long after it ended.

Tap Me on the Shoulder is as much an experience as it is a play.  It is a piece of theater; it tells the true story of how Erika, a white woman from rural New Hampshire, unexpectedly started rapping when she was a young adult, living and teaching yoga in Brooklyn.  The story itself is delightful and at points surprising (and she performs several original raps as part of the show!), but its primary themes of home, resilience, community, and creativity were made even more powerful for me because I experienced the show in the intimacy of a living room in my own neighborhood.

We approached some friends of ours, Beth and Andrew, who have a living room space that met Erika’s requested needs and who were enthusiastic about being involved in this experiment.  Together with Beth and Nora, Erika thoroughly rearranged the living room, creating a stage area, simple but effective lighting and sound, and audience seating (a mix of chairs, couches, and floor seating), primarily from furniture and other features that were already present in the room.  There were a few more things Erika needed, so Nora and I brought over an ottoman and a standing lamp and a few extra chairs that we had.  We talked over and divided up our roles: I collected donations at the door, Erika greeted audience members and handed out programs, while Nora and the hosts put together some refreshments they wanted to offer after the show.

Erika set up a Facebook event so that we could invite people that way, and she handled the RSVPs and sending out directions.  When we reached about 25 RSVPs we felt that was enough for the space we had.  When people started arriving, I don’t think any of them really knew what to expect.  There is definitely an element of adventure to showing up for an unusual event like this!  But throughout the event and for weeks afterward, I did not stop hearing how much people loved it, and that it was a very exciting theater event for them.  I was struck by the powerful connections Erika’s performance made possible. Our friends came from lots of walks of life, and it was moving to see unlikely freindships flourish in the post-show conversations that rippled around the apartment.  

This was a wonderful event to be a part of, and if it sounds like something your community would enjoy I hope you will consider hosting, or else work with a friend who has a space you think would work well.  It was great for the four of us to get to work together on this, though I think you could definitely do the organizing and hosting with just two people and it would be fine. It will take a bit of time and energy, but not as much as you might think, and the rewards are well worth it.

I look forward to seeing where this show goes from here.  Congratulations in advance on your adventurous spirit and openness to being a part of it!

Warmly,
Adar and Nora
Evanston, IL

Past Performances

TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER

2014

BOULDER, CO
Part of The Boulder International Fringe Festival, September 18-28, 2014
Dairy East Theater, Dairy Center for the Arts
Six Performances

PORTLAND, OR
September 7 and 12, 2014
Home Performances

SEATTLE, WA
September 5, 2014
Home Performance

TWIN FALLS, ID
September 3, 2014
Home Performance

CINCINNATI, OH
July 15 and 16, 2014
Home Performances

ORLANDO, FL
Part of The Orlando Fringe Festival, May 14-27, 2014
Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Red Venue
Seven Performances
***Winner:  Critic's Choice Award "Best Female Performance"***

WATERTOWN, MA
March 26, 2014
Home Performance

EASTHAMPTON, MA
Home Performance Series - ENCORE
March 7, 2014

HADLEY, FLORENCE, NORTHAMPTON, HOLYOKE, AMHERST, and EASTHAMPTON, MA
Pioneer Valley Home Performance Series
February 2014
Six Performances
This program was supported in part by grants from the Amherst and Easthampton Local Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


2013

EDMONTON, AB, Canada
Part of The Edmonton International Fringe Festival, August 15-25, 2013
Venue 4 - Academy at King Edward School
Seven Performances

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Part of The Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 1-11, 2013
The Minneapolis Theatre Garage
Five Performances

EVANSTON, IL
July 24, 2013
Home Performance

MONTREAL, QC, Canada
Part of The St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival, June 13-23, 2013
Venue 4 - Scène Mini, 4247 St-Dominique 
Seven Performances

NEW YORK, NY
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Performance Works-in-Progress Series
Dixon Place
161A Christie Street 

2012

NORTHAMPTON, MA
Saturday, June 9, 2012
work-in-progress showing
Co-sponsored by C3 Northampton
Dynamite Space, Thornes
This program was supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, Inc.