ONE NIGHT ONLY
"it should make your head spin in the best of ways!"
- The New York Times
One Night Only celebrates the ephemeral nature of everything, including our own abilities. Longtime performing partners Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass leave it all on the field, taking everyday movement to monumental new heights. They turn manic finger snapping, competitive clapping, non-stop treadmill running and spinning until they almost throw up into a night of unexpected joy. Robert Saenz de Viteri creates the role of a sportscaster, narrating the night as a live sporting event, conducting audience interviews and providing live commentary. Over the course of the show, a polite program holding theater audience turns into a crowd ready to jump to their feet, cheer for each other and give a little bit more of themselves than they planned on giving.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company joined forces with WP Theater in association with New Neighborhood for the premiere of One Night Only in fall 2017. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag, WP Theater presented Monica Bill Barnes & Company in their Off-Broadway debut as part of their 2017-2018 40th Anniversary Season. The show garnered a Lilly Award for Women In Theater and a Chita Rivera Award for Off-Broadway Dance Performance.
Created and performed by Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes, Lighting Design by Jane Cox, Set and Costume Design by Kelly Hanson.
"It will be humorous, it will be fun and, despite your cynical self, you will laugh." - The New York Times
“It does the heart good.” — TimeOut New York
“Best theater of 2017” — Forbes
“A joy to behold! One Night Only is a mediation on winning, sports, performance, aging, accomplishment and the exhilaration therein.”
One Night Only (Running As Long As We Can) was made possible with generous support from Jody and John Arnhold, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
Select photo credits Joan Marcus