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Now That She's Gone is a comic human rights love letter to a mother whose only common ground with her daughter was Eleanor Roosevelt. Read more

Edinburgh, UK Theater
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Now That She's Gone is a comic human rights love letter to a mother whose only common ground with her daughter was Eleanor Roosevelt.

Edinburgh, UK Theater
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The Project: To take "Now That She's Gone" to the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival in August of 2011 for its European premiere!

I wrote my show, "Now That She's Gone" to both entertain, heal families and help spread the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through theater.

An already popular show in the U.S., NTSG garners standing ovations whether it's been for audiences in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Minneapolis or Bismarck, North Dakota.

“Now That She’s Gone” is a solo show that has something for everyone even people who HATE solo shows.

Contrast a liberated Viking throw-back daughter, exploring everything on the horizon, with a stoic Norwegian-American mother who sounds like she just got off the boat, and you get a flavor of the NTSG smorgasbord. Full of humor and poignancy, as well as human rights and history, NTSG is universal in its appeal and reaches across age, gender, race, religion, political affiliation and sexual orientation to bring something identifiable to all who see it: how we relate to the most important relationship in our lives… our parents.

This is what others have said about NTSG:

  • Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist, political and social activist says, “Ellen has a gift for being serious and funny, making you laugh and understand at the same time… a modern day Stendhal.”
  • Riane Eisler, author of “The Chalice and the Blade” says,“Ellen’s play is a must see. Her performance is stupendous! The play is funny, moving…like real life; itcomes from the heart.”
  • Nora Dunn, “Saturday Night Live” Alumsays, “Ms. Snortland delivers a poignant and completely original insight into the mother/daughter relationship that is deeply moving, andoften profound."
  • Ken Gruberman, 6 time Grammy winner says, “I liked Ellen’s play so much I married her!”

Nominated for a 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, “Now That She’s Gone” was first produced by EMP Theatricals, LLC, at the 2008 NY International Fringe Festival.


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    $10-$25 downloadable audio version of “Now That She’s Gone.” Laugh with Ellen in your car or office

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    Admission to live performance of Now That She's Gone at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in San Pedro, CA, on Sunday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.
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    $51-$100 – the above, plus an exclusive downloadable audio version of the “Best of Beauty Biting Beast,” a collection of Ellen Snortland’s most irreverent and funny columns and blogs.

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    $101-$200 – all of the above, plus a custom made and shipped (within the US,) Kransekake, from Ellen’s Mother’s recipe.

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    $201-$500 -- all of the above, plus for Southern California residents, a beautiful dinner at Ellen's home in Altadena, CA. If not in So. Cal., we can determine how I might cook for you or give the dinner to someone you know in So. Cal.

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    Above that? Speak to me and we'll create a surprise reward that will delight and empower you!

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    Do you work for a corporation or firm that provides education for the employees and management? Consider approaching HR and pledging my fee for self-defense and/or writing workshops. Does your place of work need someone to help brush up writing skills? Does your company have issues with employees being concerned about their personal safety when they work late and/or travel? I craft custom classes/hands-on workshops that are fun, enlightening and make a long-lasting difference!

    I can design 2-5 hour courses or 5-2 hour courses. I can also design whatever time "chunks" work best for the culture of the company or firm. Maybe your firm would respond best to 10-1 hour "lunch & learn" classes. That's a possibility too!

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    DISNEY doesn't have to be the only company whose brand name is on entertainment! Now That She's Gone heals families all over the world; your company can help.

    (Your Company Name Here, YCNH) is proud to sponsor “Now That She’s Gone” to Edinburgh.

    This category is for an enterprise that sponsors a large “chunk” of our tour. Included in this reward:

    YCNH on all of our printed and promotional materials for the festival in Edinburgh;

    YCNH in all of Ellen’s media interviews for the festival;

    YCNH in Ellen’s columns and Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine blog by-lines for a year;

    YCNH on Ellen’s web site for a year;

    And drum roll please, Ellen will speak to your promotional department to create and include YCNH on stage as a “product placement.”

    Here’s an already existing example: Ellen used Public Storage moving boxes to sort her mother’s effects on stage. More than once, people asked if Public Storage was a sponsor since they couldn’t help but notice the Public Storage logos on the boxes.

    Does that suit your company?

    Established in 1946, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is attended by hundreds of thousands of avid theater goers. Your product or company would have exposure to thousands of English speakers from throughout the world.

    “Now That She’s Gone” has a fiscal sponsor, Fifty-Fifty Leadership, which is a 501 c 3 so that your company could make this pledge count as a tax-deductible donation.

Funding period

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