Hailed as ‘deeply moving’ with ‘infectious original songs,’ Dana Aber's musical solo show Baggage at the Dooris a ‘disarmingly charming’ look at healing from trauma. Incorporating video games, humor, and video projections, this quirky and candid piece explores her attempts to break the PTSD trauma cycle and find courage to unpack her baggage and claim a better life.
Baggage at the Door is a wry peek inside the head of a seemingly well-adjusted trauma-queen— it marks the end (she strongly hopes) of a 7-year PTSD cycle of destruction and reconstruction.
With music written in collaboration with award-winning emerging composers, Baggage at the Door is an autobiographical solo show addressing the critical moment when a trauma survivor realizes she may no longer be able to simply cope;
when falling in love triggers her latent PTSD,
she might be f*cked.
CW: Angry Birds
Stay tuned for updates on Baggage at the Door's upcoming Regional Premiere in 2022!
Created during the quarantime,
The Quarantined Waitress is a web-series created by and starring Dana Aber.
During the early days of the pandemic, she worked the entire weekend before the City closed all restaurants. Some of her patrons that weekend were extra special.
Filmed via green screen, The Quarantined Waitress
is a comic collection of characters highlighting the hysteric absurdity during the first-wave of the pandemic.
Be safe. Wear a mask. Stay home.
In FINAL BLOW, one woman wonders whether
the big bad wolf was really bad, or just had boundaries.
"My, what sharp teeth you have.."
As the Bride flails against the clock to rehearse her upcoming one-woman show, she also must grapple with her anxiety about her upcoming wedding—and her confusing urge to honor her past through her upcoming-wedding’s tricky guest list. When one friend’s reluctance to be her bridesmaid throws open the vault to all her previous failed friendships, she begins to question the validity of all her former-besties and wonders where—or if—she went wrong.
Sorting through the straw, sticks, and bricks of it all, she lays bare the bizarre nature of "best-frenemy" culture,
digs for a place to bury the blame, and wonders if the
fairy tale missed the message.
Stay tuned for updates on FINAL BLOW's upcoming NYC-premiere as part of Summerfest 2021, currently being rescheduled due to the pandemic.
She Wore Mascara to the Mountain
"My 2019 Artist Residency at Elsewhere Studios was located between the desert and the mountains in Paonia, Colorado. As part of my residency agreement, I offered a final presentation highlighting my personal creative experience, titled She Wore Mascara to the Mountain. I composed 10 original poems and created digital collages juxtaposing portraits of myself in full-sequined costumes against photos taken of the lush rural setting. During the presentation, I recited the poems in front of projections of the collages, and also sang a spoof about mosquitoes set to "Maria" from West Side Story."
Dana Aber, multimedia theatre artist