Blondie of Arabia
The true story of an American Woman’s bicycle journey through the heart of the Middle East. Alone.
A solo performance written, performed (and lived) by MONICA HUNKEN
Directed by LAURA NEWMAN
Lighting Design by Evan True and Jessica Lynn Hinkle
Sound Design by Monica Hunken
Originally Produced at The Living Theatre
Photos by Hunter Canning
Two weeks before Christmas, Monica flew into the heart of the Persian Gulf to work a catering job at a royal wedding party and ended up biking across three countries in the Middle East. Alone. This play chronicles the true story of her desert odyssey. Watch the broke, blonde American swerve her bicycle through close encounters with military capture, sex tourism, Gulf royalty, three wedding parties and near death. As Monica perseveres in her adventure as a parade of one, defeating trouble at every turn, indulging her super-hero fetishism, she discovers her biggest adversary might be herself.
Accolades and Past Tours for Blondie of Arabia
Produced at The Living Theatre in NY, NY
Produced by Culture Project in NY, NY
In Amsterdam and Utrecht, The Netherlands,
July and August 2011: De Parade Theater Festival
Performed 3 shows a day in De Luxe Tent
with 3 parades in between.
Sold out houses
In Athens, Greece,
Performed Blondie of Arabia and taught
a Physical Storytelling Workshop in
International Festival of Making Theater
In Prague, Czech Republic,
June 2011: Apostrof
13th International Festival of independent and amateur Theatres - Prague 2011
Blondie of Arabia won First Place for Audience Choice Award
In Sibiu, Romania,
Performed in Festivalul Internaţional de Teatru de la Sibiu at Oldies Pub
"Whether you are a Romanian, Arab, American, what we have in common is that we live on the same planet, we are all humans and we all have dreams and wishes....
The artists’ show amused and amazed at the same time but it also has a deep meaning."
- Sibiu Festival Review
Blondie of Arabia was selected for the 18th annual LA Women's Theater Festival
March 24th- 27th at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA