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From Black Urine to White-Out

Acclaimed Solo Comedy Show Heads to Los Angeles

Los Angeles (DATE, 2009) -- Writer/Performer JESSICA MANUEL brings the bottom of the Earth to Los Angeles in her factual frozen comedy show, THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES. Coming in February 2010, Jessica takes you on a one-hour journey to the chilly South Pole to witness the breathtaking views, backbreaking labor, and self-realization she experienced during her 12 frosty months in Antarctica.

This humorous exploration is a story of love, courage, absurdity and madness, as Jessica shares what happened while living in an isolated community void of sun for months -- loss of memory and black urine are just a taste.

Striving for individuality and freedom, Jessica Manuel kisses her boyfriend & family goodbye and heads to the bottom of the Earth. With boundless excitement, this middle-class Midwestern girl signs up to live and work in Antarctica as a fuels operator amongst a small community of scientists. From shoveling snow, to fueling buildings, to making slasher movies to stay entertained, THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES explores her biographical journey on the “Ice” through the eyes of multiple characters: her parents, friends, roommates, and bosses. Jessica’s firsthand account is aided with thoughtful lighting, clever musical cues, and several short films and pictures that help transport you to this frozen tundra.

Directed by Paul Linke (Time Flies When You’re Alive, Save It For the Stage: The Life of Reilly), THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES first drew acclaim from audiences and critics when it made its U.S. premiere as part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and went on to earn Runner Up at the 2009 Los Angeles Actors Group Theater solo performance competition.

It was while in the freezing cold that Jessica would discover her true passion – acting. She decided to participate in William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” while in Antarctica. It was the director of this production that urged Jessica to continue acting. So, upon leaving the cold, Jessica went in a completely different direction and headed for the Australian sun. After graduating from Australia’s prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Jessica built a solid career in Australia’s theatre scene, including starring in the premiere of “Breathing Corpses” by Laura Wade and “Actors Anonymous” by Claire Fitzgerald. She co-created the play “Woman from the Desert” with Anna Houston for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the 2006 Short and Sweet play festival in Sydney. And, Jessica originated The Antarctic Chronicles in Sydney with the help from director Claire Fitzgerald before heading back to the states.

Jessica has numerous film and television credits including: “Hazelnut” (dir. Jim Hanks), "Life of Riley" (dir. Carrie Boberg), "Finding Sherry" (dir. Brian Carter), “Ricky” (dir. Kevin Wagaoner), Child Invisible (dir. Bethe Gordon), Hummingbird (dir. Melody Encheff), and Lessons in Humility (dir. Tomas Zinzli), “CSI: Miami,” NBC pilot “Flip TV,” and the Disney pilot “Mongoose and Luther.” Jessica sharpened her comedy chops by performing stand-up at the Hollywood Improv, sketch comedy at UCB and with the improv troupe WAITERS IN TRAINING. She is currently the lead singer of the novelty band TRASH TORNADO and in pre-production on her new comedy webseries “Sexy Ghost Mom.”

Jessica Manuel will be performing THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES at The Hudson Guild Theater for six consecutive Wednesday nights at 8pm from February 3 - March 10, 2010.

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