Premieres at the Hollywood Fringe

Written and performed by Kamakshi Hart
Directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson

Resilient AF: Rising To The Occasion is timely, daring and hopeful solo art and activism.
Learn to build resilience and navigate the wounds of a traumatized world through
share relatable stories of sexual assault, domestic violence and abortion. A truly
blend of education and entertainment, this fast-paced comedy-serio will delight and disturb
with the reality and parody of current events. Evoking shadow and light, humor
rub shoulders with tragedy and a super heroine, a wise old oak tree, a cohort of
characters and several songs save the day. Sensitive subject. For noon and more.

Award-winning creative team Kamakshi Hart, playwright/performer and Jessica
Lynn Johnson, Director/Developer brings Resilient AF: Rising To The Occasion! at the Zephyr
Theater, 7456 Melrose Ave., June 4, 645p, June 12, 745p and June 19, 7 p.m.

Kamakshi Hart returns to the Fringe after a critically acclaimed tour of his debut show, Wild At Hart: A Tale of Trauma & Triumph. Inspired by the effects of the pandemic, Hart birthed her new vision in Resilient AF: Rising To The Occasion!, a bold, hopeful, and wise addition to today’s theater scene. She shows how to build resilience and navigate the landmines of a traumatized world by sharing her stories of sexual assault, domestic violence and abortion. Evoking shadow and light, humor rubs shoulders with tragedy and a SuperHeroine, a wise old oak tree, a cohort of colorful characters and multiple songs save the day.

“In the wake of the pandemic, I suddenly saw the terms ‘building resilience’ and ‘trauma-informed’ everywhere and often misunderstood. It’s clear that 2020 has brought trauma to our worldview in ways we never could have imagined,” says Hart. “I felt compelled to share more of my experiences as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence in a way that would demonstrate what resilience really is and support understanding of living with a history of trauma. I was inspired to write about my experiences of violence that led to abortions and wow, it turned out to be timely! I have come to see that my solo art as activism is a superpower. And with that, Resilience as a superheroine was born.

Hart has been a veteran of the scene for over thirty years in New York, LA and other locations across the country. She is a trauma-informed coach and rites of passage guide, helping others clarify their relationships, life path, and purpose. Resilient AF differs from other solo shows because Hart provides clients with a practical guide to healing, positive change, and true well-being.

Audience response during a preview of Resilient AF at a recent Solo Festival in Joshua Tree:

“Resilient AF, embraces life’s darkest moments as stepping stones to healing and
transmutation of our origin stories. Intense and moving! – Kristelle Monterrosa

“I never heard the idea that an attack on abortion rights is a continuation of sexual violence against women, but those words were on my mind and later on my lips after your performance. Thank you for your story and allowing me to see things more closely from your perspective so I can have this expansion in my compassion for others.

–William Kendig

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