is best known for her portrayal of “Pepper” on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum
Prior to her role on American Horror Story, Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in her second solo hit show, Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities
, which we are proud to present at a special One Night Only performance
on Friday, April 5!
Naomi’s first solo show, Girl in Argentine Landscape, also received critical acclaim (LA Weekly, “Pick of the Week”) and earned her an LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination for best solo performance. Naomi toured with Girl to Chicago's Single File Festival, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, and screened a subtitled video-version on the big screen in Argentina.
A former member of the esteemed Groundlings Sunday Company, as well as alumna of Improv Olympic, Naomi continues to write, produce, and star in comedic shorts under her “Red Meat Entertainment” banner, which have screened at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the TriMedia Film Festival, the Connecticut Film Festival, the Dam Short Film Festival, the Faux Film Festival, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival, the Action On Film International Festival, and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Naomi also made a cameo in the feature film, Table for Three.
A graduate of theatre from Northwestern University, Naomi has acted in several of Chicago’s illustrious, long-running, cult comedies: Cannibal Cheerleaders on Crack and Shannen Doherty Shoots a Porno at the Torso Theatre, as well as Attack of the Killer B’s and White Trash Wedding and a Funeral at the Factory Theatre
About "Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities"
Naomi Grossman’s critically acclaimed comedy is a carnal romp, replete with hilarious capers and peppered with surprising poignancy. She takes her audience on the rough but thrilling roller coaster ride that is the search for one’s soul mate… only to discover that maybe love is easier to find than it seems.
Set on a carnival midway, Grossman chronicles her own dizzying dating history by depicting a freak show full of suitors: a touchy-feely yoga teacher, a furry in a chicken suit, a touring Argentine soccer team, a dangerous hot-headed hunk... and the list goes on. Her hysterical—though sobering—perils and pitfalls of playing the dating game ultimately lead her to rethink her strategy in the quest to find “the one.”
Carnival Knowledge premiered in 2009 at the Lex Theatre in Los Angeles, where it enjoyed a twice-extended sold-out run and rave reviews. It was then reprised at the world-famous Fringe Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it received more critical praise and a transfer to London’s West End (Leicester Square Theatre). Carnival Knowledge will next be featured at the upcoming 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.
Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Tickets (sold at the door) are $10 for general admission, $5 for students (with ID) and free for NWWSA registrants