Former Chicago Tribune Columnist Brings One-Woman Show to New York

In terms of organic self-promotion, it’s going to be hard this week to beat the teaser for Kelly Haramis’ Double Happiness, debuting Thursday at St. Marks Theater as part of the Frigid New York festival and encoring February 23, 26, March 1, 4 and 6. The show is about Haramis’ fertility and adoption quest to build a family, and the promo for the NYC performances features her two young daughters.

The one-woman show picks up, essentially, where Haramis’ 12-year journalism career left off. From a recent write-up by Chicago-based Huffington Post contributor R. Clifton Spargo:

Formerly a writer and editor for the Chicago Tribune, Haramis chronicled her efforts to adopt a child through a popular column, “Journey to Adoption,” in the paper’s Sunday “Q” style section from 2005 through 2007. She received hundreds of letters from around the world, and her daughter, Athena, would be recognized on the street after her arrival in the U.S.

In 2009, Kelly returned to her first love, the theater, taking classes at the Second City conservatory and iO Chicago. After an exercise at iO in which Haramis was asked to speak of something personal – she told the story of her struggles with fertility and the adoption – her instructor said, “That’s a one-woman show.” He was quite insistent “And I’m going to hold you to it.”

Haramis debuted the show in Chicago in 2012, and performed it again last year in Orlando. Ticket info here.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.