DR TALLULAH & poonstruck™ ON TOUR
POONSTRUCK™ follows a shero’s journey told through the orifices of Dr Tallulah, a fiery Zen Cosmetologist, Intuitive Energy Healer, and pioneer in the field of Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™). Imagine a metaphysical cross between Dr Ruth, Carol Burnett, and Doctor Who. Dr Tallulah’s physical storytelling involves a personal revelation, embodies the zeitgeist of a New Age baby boomer generation, utilizes Qi-Gong Gi-Long foam rolling techniques, and taps into ‘La Femme Fontaine’ (just a little (spr)YAY!)! This is the work, people!
Come witness Dr Tallulah's humorous and unexpected spiraling descent into the exploration of her sexuality, which ultimately reveals her HEART’s truest desire. This story/performance/satire juxtaposes physical pratfalls with seriousness, absurdities with sincerity, and pathos with humor while exploring themes of aging, sexuality, self love, vulnerability, societal norms, alienation, collective consciousness, whiteness, individualism, death, discovery, and intimacy.
THINK: satire, quest, performance art, physical comedy, one woman show, audience interaction, weird, complex, sincere, comedy that defies easy categorization.
"Dr Tallulah blends topical meditations on aging, sexuality, isolation and womanhood with a Christopher Guest-ish deadpan sense of comic timing. Whether merging with cosmic vagina consciousness, mourning our modern lack of community, or just longing for cock, Dr Tallulah is a character for our times. This is activism!" -Ben Martens
POONSTRUCK™ AWARDS 2017
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"Kelly is an excellent self-producer and master marketer, both of which were evidenced as I worked with her on her production in the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2017. She met or exceeded every deadline and request, and asked many thoughtful questions. Her marketing skills and efforts far surpassed the average producer. She's a creative powerhouse from social media marketing to community partner-building, from email marketing and press development. I have a great deal of respect for her work professionally and creatively and am confident she will achieve and surpass what she sets out to accomplish. Should you have any questions about Kelly, please do not hesitate to reach out." - Nicole A. Lane, Director of Communications & Community Engagement at Artists Repertory Theatre & Festival Director, Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2017
"I LOVED LOVED LOVED POONSTRUCK! Very funny, very courageous, very boundary-pushing and in the end, very deep and soft. The actress is so present and on edge that you can’t tell if it’s a written work or an improvisation. That’s my what I call a great performance. Thank you, Dr. Tallulah! And the haircut wasn’t too shabby either!" - Terry Baum
"You will have no choice but to be fully engaged, and you will get lost in the floor acrobatics and stories of self-adoration. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more complex character in a comedy show, and the level of commitment was unsurpassable. What a wonderfully uncomfortable ride it was." - Lee (unknown audience member)
VIDEO SAMPLE OF POONSTRUCK SEPT 2017 - san francisco - 45 seconds
"The character/workshop/show/idea refuses to be neatly categorized - bringing a huge amount of laughs and heart, growing way beyond the confines of one ‘type’ of performance." - Jamie Vance (sound designer for David Lewandowski's 'time for sushi')
VIDEO SAMPLE OF POONSTRUCK™ JULY 2017 Roswell, New Mexico - 2:23 minutes
"I’ve seen Dr. Tallulah (Kelly Nesbitt in case you don’t already know) a number of times. Dr. T will make you laugh, and then she will break your heart, and then she’ll make you laugh about that. It’s a rare thing to see such emotional honesty paired with such great physical comedy, and Nesbitt brings tremendous energy to her every performance. Don’t miss her!" - Stevan Allred
VIDEO SAMPLE OF POONSTRUCK™ JUNE 2017 Portland, Maine -1:35 minutes
“Dr Tallulah is a fission reaction of theatrical genius, burning up the half-life decay of stereotypes in a generator of the antiquated and the post-modern, making a seamless unified whole of the power of the serious and humorous. Each edible morsel of tasty comedy is laden with the nutrition of spiritual satisfaction, every little gesture delivery is imbibed with sensuality and didacticism. As a savant and visionary, Nesbitt both merges and confounds expectations of how audiences can appreciate and denigrate new age malapropisms, like a metaphysical cross between Archie Bunker and Dr Ruth on steroids and viagra.” -Mathew Mathis
"In the midst of this chaotic time, there is Dr. T, there is Kelly Nesbitt, showing us a glimpse of what beautiful messy sexy poignant humanity is, and bringing us on a ride while she’s at it." - Dan Reed Miller
"This show gets me every time. Same story of awakening, same character, but always alive and evolving, folding in new insights and deeper corners of her (our!) psyche each time she rolls by. I can see her sauntering by and winking at me as I write this. Thanks, Doc!" - Maple Holmes
HUMP! FILM FEST SUBMISSION EXCERPT - 1:11 minutes
Dr Tallulah presents: New Frontiers in Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™) WORKSHOP - 60 minutes - Fertile ground festival, portland, or
Samantha Szynskie - SomaSpace Administrator 2017 ‘I had the pleasure of attending what was one of the funniest performances I’ve seen in a long time this past weekend here at SomaSpace. Kelly Nesbitt conceived and performed a hilarious, yet poignant, piece about the personal challenges, learned stereotypes, conditioned expectations, and beautiful divinity of female sexuality.’ (see full review here)
"I love this show! It defies category and takes you on a wild ride. Kelly is delightful, engaging and fearless. You don’t want to miss this show!" - Joyful Raven
feedback from my audience survey
1. What did you love about Dr Tallulah's VAGCON™ workshop/performance?
AUDIENCE MEMBER FEEDBACK 2017: 'Your confidence on stage and the absolute fully formed character gives the feeling you're in good hands. The commitment to the opaque marketing - if someone wasn't quite sure whether it's a serious event, comedy show, performance art, public medical procedure; even after arriving and standing in the lobby, they could still be unsure. 5 minutes before the show they might think "fuck this is actually a Lamaze class" and leave. That takes vision and some real courage to play with the contextual framing of a performance like that. The feeling that the character/workshop/show/idea refuses to be neatly categorized - bringing a huge amount of laughs and heart, growing way beyond the confines of one "type" of performance. Makes it unforgettable and the bond you can grow with the character is pretty amazing & amazingly hilarious. The variety of material and "mediums" for getting at your funny bits as an audience member. I would have 100% loved the show without sound/music jokes, but that just pushed it into 'omg fuuuuck amazing' territory for me. The absurdly-long music samples, the snyc-error jokes where the effects were off as hell, the distorted whistling bit, the ASMR meditation jokes...the 'fade out' instructions read by an audience member. Those KILLED me. The intimate setting and small crowd (approx 40). This felt really critical to a bunch of mechanisms of the performance, though it could 100% work with larger crowds and through videos and other mediums. This still felt like the rare, "purest form" of the piece though, and also felt like another signal of dedication to the art. Most of all though - - the mind blowing surprise of being involved in the finale show. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but was so happy I did afterward. The adrenaline that gave me (he was a random audience volunteer) turned the ending of the show into a true emotional experience, honest. I came into the show shy (saw you in the lobby, and darted my eyes away) but left changed, however slightly, and that's pretty rare. You're onto something amazing as a performer/creator, please keep doing it!' -JAMIE VANCE (sound designer for David Lewandowski's 'time for sushi')
Paradama Purusha -Audience Member, 2017
'Your work is completely professional in concept and performance. Dr. Tallulah charmed me out of my skull.' (I had never met Paradama before and he ended up coming back to see VAGCON™ twice!)
Jennifer Philpott - Audience member, 2016
"I went to see a friend's group perform and came away with a brand new favorite: Dr. Tallulah. She is as tender hearted as she is funny and can't wait to see what her next missive brings."
Matthew Mathis - Audience member, 2016
"Dr Tallulah is a fission reaction of theatrical genius, burning up the half-life decay of stereotypes in a generator of the antiquated and the post-modern, making a seamless unified whole of the power of the serious and humorous. Each edible morsel of tasty comedy is laden with the nutrition of spiritual satisfaction, every little gesture delivery is imbibed with sensuality and didacticism. As a savant and visionary, Nesbitt both merges and confounds expectations of how audiences can appreciate and denigrate new age malapropisms, like a metaphysical cross between Archie Bunker and Dr Ruth on steroids and viagra."
Eleanor O'Brian - DANCE NAKED PRODUCTIONS, 2016
“What a treat to watch you grow this piece, develop this character, and take the audience into the palm of your hand. You are a magnificent clown, and Dr. Tallulah clearly has a long life ahead. Thank you so much for sharing her, and yourself, with all of us.”
Emeric Damian Thorpe - Audience member, 2016
“In a world that shy's away from the expression of our sensuality, our sexuality, and all the messiness that comes along with it, Dr. Tallulah creates a necessary bridge that simultaneously makes light of our taboos, while inviting us into the exploration of our own hidden desires. And it's a beautiful service to use the creative arts to create safe spaces for us to explore the fringe of our wishes and wants, to go further into our psyche and shine some light on parts of us that never should have been left in the dark."
“Nesbitt's ability to fully embody the dynamic emotional seat of her character, fully mesmerized me. I heard her character's thoughts as my own and found myself transformed along with the other audience members into the volatile world of our own fragile egos. I was delighted and horrified to crawl inside of this woman's head.”`
PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS 2017 'Kelly Nesbitt was professional, timely, and detailed with her communications with SomaSpace, including paying her rent, security deposit, the new renter orientation, and all details about her show and marketing. Her marketing was outstanding, through her creativity, thoroughness, and support of SomaSpace along the way. She thought through all the details of her stage productions needs, making them work flawlessly in a non-traditional theater space, through her clear communication and planning, and she left SomaSpace feeling better than when she arrived! She was a joy to work with her, and I hope she will bring Dr. Tallulah back to SomaSpace in the future!’ - Jacqueline Rubinstein, Director, SomaSpace, Movement Arts & Healing Center 2017
Jake Ottosen - Audience member, 2016
“I got to watch Dr Tallulah muse on getting her mojo back and it was so delightful. She's a nutjob with a heart of pure gold. I loved how she took all of her "spiritual" practices to the extreme in her quest for answers. She's that kooky aunt who's all about crystals and chigong and ain't afraid to tell you about it. But when she confesses that none of it is really working to bring love into her life, my heart broke a little.”