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Categories: Comedy & Improv, Theater, Immersive

Dates: September 28, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Run Time: 50 mins

Venue: MAAS Building Studio


Treat yourself to a hypnotic and hilarious adventure in “shadow self care.”

An anonymous, shambling creature is your guide in this comedy meditation on failure and resilience, written and performed by Mary McCool, and directed by Jack Tamburri.

Weaving crowd work, chaos magic, and live digital vocal effects, STRESS EXORCIST brings the audience to a vital new kind of healing. Through a series of rituals, koans, and games, obstacles are lifted. Being your dark side makes magic possible. Ridiculous and meaningful, Mary McCool delivers a monster-drag solo spectacle of virtuosity in a comedy rite that will literally change your life.

This one-of-a-kind character was developed by Mary McCool in a FringeArts residency, the Dael Orlandersmith residency at the Kimmel Center, and the Jilline Solo Performance Program at 1812 Productions. Mary McCool is a cofounder of New Paradise Laboratories and a regular collaborator /performer/creator with Pig Iron Theater Company.

Mary McCool

Mary McCool is a performer & writer, co-founder of the theatre company New Paradise Laboratories, and a frequent collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company. Her work as a performer/creator in ensemble-based, devised theatre has been presented at venues including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Public Theater, Tokyo Arts Meeting, the Brooklyn Lyceum, FringeArts, and the Humana Festival. Ms. McCool’s work as a solo artist has been supported by FringeArts, The Kimmel Center, 1812 Productions, and The Independence Foundation.





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