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Stella Starsky: Birth of the American Baroness

July 23

Joe's Pub


Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM

Stella Starsky shines in her at turns moving and side-splitting solo play that explores both the mundane and the mystical implications of modern womandom free from motherhood, whether by choice or cast of the die. From her humble beginnings as a tweenage donut-maker in small-town Massachusetts, through a me-generational gambit of discoballs, body dysmorphia, designer dreams, and debatable dates with destiny, Starsky illumines our universal quest for value and validation alighting on some divinely human and hilarious realizations along the pro-creative path toward planetary parenthood. With guest star Brian King and musical director Brett Every. Directed by Maria Silvaggi.

Stella Starsky is creator of the American Baroness, a cultural site dedicated to empowering and ennobling childless Ladies. She is a Positive Psychology practitioner, personal consultant, and has been a columnist and contributor to such publications and websites as Paris Vogue, Elle, The Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, Red (UK), The Times (London), The Mail on Sunday (UK) and Style.com. She is co-author of Sextrology (HarperCollins 2004) and Cosmic Coupling (Random House 2010) and hosted the public radio program "The Cosmic Connection". She has performed onstage at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Ars Nova and The Zipper Factory in New York City, at Oberon/ART in Cambridge, and at the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, MA. She has appeared on innumerable television and radio talk shows and has been a regular featured guest on Chelsea Handler's "Chelsea Lately" program on E!

“Serves up quick wit combined with a sexy straightforwardness” -- Harper’s Bazaar

“Vivacious and engaging…you can almost see the stars twinkling about her” --The Scotsman

“One of those slightly severe-looking high-cheekboned women who make glasses sexy” -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Stella Starsky's solo play 'Birth of the American Baroness' is everything she is: smartly perceptive, riotously funny, and so chic you could spit...but you wouldn't. Go see it. Stella's not just a celebrity astrologist, she's a star." -- Frank DeCaro, Sirius XM Satellite Radio

“As lyrical as it is hilarious, Stella Starsky’s solo-stage-path to self-actualization is like experiencing Choose Your Own Adventure with the love-child of Audrey Hepburn and Carly Simon. Groovy and gorgeous, I absolutely loved it.” -- David Drake, Obie Award-winning playwright  of "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me"

"I was moved beyond words by Stella Starsky's well-crafted, vibrant musical and spoken-word performance. It not only inspired me but left me in awe." -- Amber Martin

"Take a wild ride through one remarkable woman's quirky past and aching ambitions from small-town Massachusetts to Paris, France---with the music you loved as a kid and will love all the more when you hear it filtered through Stella Starsky's generous and slightly fractured heart. Birth of the American Baroness is a show you won't soon forget!" -- MB Caschetta, author of Miracle Girls: A Novel