The Road To Opening in Broadway World By Kate Robards My play Ain’t That Rich, a true story of the complex relationship I have with money, runs at The Marsh San Francisco October 20 though December 2. To give you some context for this show, I grew up in a small town on the Texas-Louisiana…
The title of the show – PolySHAMory – offers an important clue as to the nature of Robards’ experience with her husband – ex-husband – and their experiment in polyamory. The situation did not lend itself to marital bliss. However, as fuel to Robards’ creative storytelling, she mines her life from childhood onwards. Early on, Robards asks…
“PolySHAMory blends stand-up with dramatic narrative to create a hilarious story about the realities of the sexual fantasies and romantic nightmares we normally relegate to whispers and pop songs, while also packing an emotional punch in its darker moments.” DC Metro Theatre Scene
The show is constructed around Robards’ story of being thrust into a polyamorous marriage, a world of abundant love and more abundant confusion, a story which she delivers with a wry sense of humor, undercutting anecdotes of shoes lost in anger, and deep dives into The Ethical Slut with sarcasm and knowing nods to the seeming absurdity…
PolySHAMory, Dangerous When Wet, and The Unaccompanied Minor are just a few of Capital Fringe’s solo offerings
One-person plays are a tough gig, even if the performer isn’t delving into their own polyamorous past, alcoholism, or divorce. Yet several solo performers will dare to cross the lines of bold comedy and intimate confession at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. Kate Robards, who premiered her first solo play, Mandarin Orange, at Capital Fringe in…
The NYC theatre magazine Theatre is Easy has named PolySHAMory as a “Best Bet” for theatre and “Best of Frigid 2018”. Read Adrienne Urbanski’s review here. You can still catch PolySHAMory at the Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY) on Wednesday, 2/21 at 10:30 PM, and Fri 3/2 at 5:10 PM. 60 minutes with…
Ain’t That Rich
“A winning comedy on money, class, and identity…truly impressive.” Anya Leibovitch, Montreal Theatre Hub Read the review
“You will laugh your way through, pretty much non-stop.” Angela Potvin, Montreal Rampage Read the review
“Animated and engaging…self-deprecating humour and insightful wisdom.” Lisa Sproull, Cult #MLT Read the review
“Robards has a gift for turning ordinary events into comedy.” Jack Nakamura, Vagabond Critic Read the review
“A rollercoaster of emotion with a Goldilocks balance of comedy and drama. Robards shines…” Keith Paul Medelis, Theatre is Easy Read the review
Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Robards’ well-made story sneaks up on you. It starts out as a lighthearted account of how she married rich and ends up as a discomforting meditation on the relationship between money and self-image. Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of money and class and race, her story packs…
“Kate Robards charmingly recounts growing up in the colorful small town of Orange and adjusting to expatriate life in Shanghai.” KQED
“I found myself smiling throughout the show and all the way home.” Washington City Paper
“Robards is an engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.” Broadwayworld.com
“Mandarin Orange is not only masterfully performed, but written with a skillful blend of humor and vulnerability.” DC Theatre Scene
“An earnest, heartwarming performance and a poignant international comedy about change, identity and home.” DC Metro Theatre Arts
Features and Interviews
I was featured in Erica Bean’s bi-monthly WOMEN IN SPOTLIGHT series! Check out the interview. WOMEN IN SPOTLIGHT SERIES: KATE ROBARDS A funny story about how I met Kate begins with San Francisco. Every year San Francisco hosts a literature festival called Litquake, giving authors – famous or otherwise – read pieces of their writing work,…
Kate Robards is interviewed about her show Ain’t That Rich. Read the Q&A on Stagebuddy.
Kate was featured and interviewed by On Maui Magazine for her upcoming performance at the Iao Theatre.
Interview with Karis Rogers. Storytelling to change the world: Kate Robards
Exit the Stage Door Podcast hosted by Erin Teachman with Studio Theatre alum and world-class human being Kate Robards!
The Washington Post featured Mandarin Orange as a Capital Fringe Festival highlight.
Little Trouble in Big China: A Fringe Peek at Mandarin Orange