2017 saw the world premiere of 2 separate runs of Nik Doner’s autobiographical comedy-memoir solo-ish show Cuddling with Strippers.
Seattle Fringe Festival: March – April 2017
18th & Union: October – November 2017
Written and performed by: Nik Doner
Featuring: Hannah Mootz, Hannah Ruwe, and Malika Usmanova
Director: Hannah Victoria Franklin
Stage Manager: Danielle Franich
Lighting/Sound Design: Andrew C. Somora
Writing/story consultant: Michael Place
Hannah Victoria Franklin is a PNW based Actress and Director. She is a company member of The American Chekhov Project (The Seagull Project) and a board member of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre with an MFA from UW. She has performed locally at ACT, Intiman, WET, West of Lenin, SSR, Book-It and at Bumbershoot. Abroad she’s performed in Uzbekistan, Russia, Japan and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Danielle Franich has stage managed locally for ArtsWest, Balagan Theatre, Contemporary Classics, Seattle Theatre Group, Village Theatre, and 14/48. Additionally, she has worked as a managing director, production manager, director, teaching artist, and props designer in Seattle.
Hannah Mootz text coming soon
Hannah Ruwe was seen asEmma in Grand Concourse (Seattle Public Theatre), Station Master in The Cherry Orchard (The Seagull Project & ACT), Jesse in On Clover Road (Seattle Public Theatre), Stevie in Things You Can Do (ACT Lab & Live Girls!), Young Nell in Indian Ink(Sound Theatre Co) and Lurlene in The Tall Girls (Washington Ensemble Theatre). She is an ensemble member of The Horse In Motion and The Seagull Project.
Malika Usmanova finished the acting school of drama and worked as an actress st the Ilkhom Theatre in Uzbekistan. Since she had moving to U.S. In 2011 , Malika has performed and worked as an artistic director for the Suley en Vogue Nights in Seattle.
Michael Place is a pretty great man and smells like cinnamon
Audience Reactions & Press
“Doner has good comedic timing and expressed some profound vulnerability.”
“…irreverent & funny…also gut-churning.”
“Nik took us on quite the emotional journey through his past mistakes. He was charming and won us over, then carefully revealed that maybe that wasn’t the best move on our part.”
“Excellent story and execution of it. Very memorable, raw, cautionary tale.”
“…this could be a groundbreaking piece.”
“It was extremely interesting. I don’t know how I feel about it, but I definitely can’t stop thinking about it.”