4 Stars. "I was pleasantly surprised by Hager’s fearless performance. She literally lets it all hang out." -- Time Out New York
NAKED IN ALASKAfollows Valerie Hager through her 10-year career working as an exotic dancer in strip clubs from Mexico to Alaska as she strives to redeem the outcast and addict she had become during adolescence. At 21, newly sober and recently evicted, Valerie is invited by her best friend Raven to work at a strip club in Tijuana, Mexico. An evening that begins in innocence and excitement over making some easy cash seduces her into a 10-year career that tests the limits of friendship and her will to survive. In this solo work, Hager portrays more than a dozen characters that danced in and frequented the clubs.
Hager began crafting NAKED IN ALASKA in 2005. “I was at a place in my life where I was looking back the experiences I had as a meth-addicted teenager and exotic dancer. As I began to share my story, I saw how it impacted and connected with people. I realized I had to develop this part of my life into a performance piece because I believed it could inspire and empower others who have felt different or on the fringe.”
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Cast: Valerie Hager
Friday 7th 9:30pm
Saturday 8th 9:30pm
Friday 14th 9:30pm
Saturday 15th 9:30pm
Monday 17th @8pm
Friday 21st 9:30pm
Saturday 22nd 9:30pm
Theater: Celebration of Whimsy
Address: 21A Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Valerie Hager is a “not to be missed” (NoHo LA) actor, solo show writer, improviser, and movement artist. She has appeared in film and TV including Warner Brothers' The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais, Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel's Guilty or Innocent, and the award- winning short film The Harshest Place.
Her theatrical performances include Dracula at Symphony Space, The Ensemble Workshop at LAByrinth Theater, Meet the Lady at 92Y, and many others. Valerie also performs at Stage Left Studio in the Selected Shorts Series, the All for One Festival Salon Series, and in The Room's Salon Series and Performance Events.
Valerie’s third solo show, Naked In Alaska, has been accepted into numerous theatre festivals including Emerging Artists, Planet Connections, Women at Work, EstroGenius, the Dixon Place Performance Series, Chicago Fringe, and The New York International Fringe Festival. Naked In Alaska recently won Best Solo Show in FringeNYC 2013 and Audience favorite in the Chicago Fringe. As well as recently returning from performing Naked In Alaska in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Valerie has studied dramatic acting with Ivana Chubbuck, Tony Greco, Karen Kohlhaas of The Atlantic Theater Company, and Cinda Jackson of The Loft Studio. She is a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Ensemble Master Class. She has studied dramatic writing in Jack Grapes's Method Writing Workshops, Cullen Thomas's Advanced Memoir Writing Workshop, and Matt Hoverman's Create Your Own Solo Show Workshops.
Adept at comedy as much as drama, Valerie has studied improv at Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB), The People's Improv Theatre (PIT), and Second City. She is a graduate of Bang. Comedy Theatre's five-level improv program and has performed in Los Angeles with her improv group George.
Valerie began performing as a child alongside her father, mime artist Jerry Hager, as his silent sidekick Punky the Clown. Her earliest training came from her father in the form of mime, movement, and the art of physical storytelling. Later, she continued to train in mime and movement under Rick Wamer at The School for Mime at Kenyon College and Lorin Salm at Mime Theatre Studio.
An improv, acting, and creative movement teacher in Los Angeles and New York, Valerie teaches for renowned arts and outreach organizations including Lifetime Arts, Wingspan Arts, and Elders Share the Arts. She earned her teaching artist certifications from New York City's Community-Word Project and the Mark DeGarmo Teaching Artist Institute. Valerie lives New York City.