Premiere at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival!
FERTILE. selected for the
Producers' Encore Award and nominated for
BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE
out of 101 solo-shows in this year's festival.
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"Jenny has a plan. A plan to get pregnant. Everyone keeps telling her that time is running out, she just turned 35, after all. So, when those pesky urine tests keep coming back negative, Jenny decides to take action and fix the problem. That’s when she runs into real problems and real questions about fertility and motherhood. As Jenny faces the world of “mom options” – egg freezing, in-vitro, adoption, and more – the conversation about the expectation of procreation really begins. Taking into account a whirlwind of outside opinions from her mom, her friends, doctors, a beloved neighbor – and even God – Jenny must ultimately look within to discover what motherhood means to her, what it means to be Fertile."
My First Award Winning Show!
“The sheer volume of carefully constructed characters Heather plays is incredible.” - Kincaid Walker
Unemployed. Finally. is the story of a woman who tried on more than 30 jobs, in 30 years before finally doing what everyone said she couldn’t. As Heather Dowling says, she is an actress and writer who impersonated someone who wanted a “real job” since she was 14. She has now surrendered to her passion for writing and performing. In her show, she dishes the dirt about the odd jobs and oddballs she’s encountered along her journey – bringing to life 39 different characters.
“I learned that telling your story, with honesty and humor, really can make a difference for people,” Dowling said. “I was amazed at how many people loved the show because they could relate in ways I never expected. That’s what I had hoped for, but I was overwhelmed by the response.”
As a first timer at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Dowling had no idea what to expect. But when her show started selling out and generating buzz around the growing festival, she knew she had something special on her hands. The show won the Fringe Encore Producers’ Award and Dowling was one of only five performers nominated for Best in Solo Performance, out of more than 80 shows.
Thanks to her Fringe success, Unemployed. Finally. made it all the way to 42nd Street, New York City for United Solo - the largest solo festival in the world. Dowling was then honored with the invitation to perform her show in the 24th Annual LA Women's Theatre Festival in Spring 2017. Unemployed. Finally. was also a part of Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival at iO West, the Spotlight Series at Theatre Unleashed in North Hollywood, and Whitefire Theatre’s 6th Annual Solofest – the largest solo-performance festival on the West Coast. And as a result of her success at Solofest, she was invited for 6-week run by Whitefire Theatre's Artistic Director, Bryan Rassmussen.
“The sheer volume of carefully-constructed characters Heather plays is incredible,” said Kincaid Walker of ISeeTheFrog.com. “(She has) the bravery to expose her own foibles, lessons and eventual triumphs. It is in this last aspect that the audience can hopefully find the ability to laugh and gently reflect on their own ‘mistakes’ and life detours. And isn’t that the point of a great solo show?”