Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain
Written & Performed by Rhonda S. Musak
Directed by Gareth Hendee
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, at 1 PM & 7 PM. Each performance will be followed by a short talkback.
WHERE: RVCC, Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg (seating is onstage, theatre-style)
TICKETS: $7.50 & $15 and can be purchased at https://rvccarts.org/ or at the Box Office: (908) 725-3420, Open M-F, 11 AM -4 PM; 90 mins prior to curtain.
"Compelling…this one-woman performance is at times humorous, at times heartbreaking…ultimately inspiring." —John Jane, Review Vancouver
Rhonda Badonda wants to function normally… Her brain has other ideas.
Dive into the shape-shifting landscape of the mind as Rhonda unscrambles a hidden medical mystery and encounters the truth of her baffling and bewildering world. (90-Second Trailer)
When your brain won’t cooperate, you have to get creative.
From the time she was a child and far into adulthood, Rhonda was squeaking by. Is she dumb? Or is it something else that is holding her back and making life so challenging? Why does she need so many self-help books and even a dating coach? At the heart of Rhonda Badonda are themes of determination and persistence tied together with a medical mystery. It is an often-hilarious autobiographical story of one woman's journey dealing with the learning disabilities that impact every area of her life—learning disabilities that had gone undiscovered.
Audiences will venture with Rhonda inside her brain, a bizarro-world terrain that shape-shifts continually leaving her lost, confused and ultimately more and more determined to get to the bottom of what's wrong with her. The woman who solves this mystery as she diagnoses Rhonda’s learning disabilities – learning disabilities that 99.9% of people do not know exist – also holds the key to Rhonda’s healing and a future filled with possibility. The treatment that Rhonda is given is an extremely powerful but little-known sound-based therapy employing the music of Mozart: The Tomatis Method. Those who have experienced the Tomatis Method have ultimately found it to be enormously effective and completely life-changing.
"Beautiful…a credit to the solo show format. Rhonda Musak…fills the stage with motion and personality. She slips into her many characters with ease…lovingly crafted and portrayed…a story she tells with glowing wit and humor. Rhonda Badonda shines in its expression of the beauty and strangeness of the mind." —Plank Magazine
Written & Performed by Rhonda S. Musak (title role of Ondine – NYC, voted one of “The Year’s Best” Gay City News), The artistic team includes: Gareth Hendee, Director (Sunday in the Park with George – Chicago, 4 Jeff Citation Awards including Best Director & Best Production of a Musical; Associate Director to James Lapine on Broadway’s Dirty Blond); Joan Evans, Movement Director (Stella Adler Studio); Michael Growler, Costume Design (Sunday in the Park with George – Chicago, Jeff Citation Award, Best Costume Design); Catherine Mardis, Sound Design (Associate Sound Designer for Gigi, and the Kennedy Center’s production of Little Dancer).