Rivedal credits his writing ability and storytelling as crucial elements to his recovery in 2011 from clinical depression and suicidal thoughts—one of the themes of his critically acclaimed one man show and recently published memoir.
The event will be taking place at Theaterlab NYC 357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor.
About the author
Joshua Rivedal is an actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. He serves on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
His memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah was published in September 2013 by Skookum Hill.He wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City in May, 2014. He wrote the libretto to a Spanish language Christmas musical Rescatando la Navidad.
About The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah.
By the time Josh Rivedal turned twenty-five, he thought he’d have the perfect life—a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in his own television show. After which, his getaway home in the Hamptons would be featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and his face would grace the cover of the National Enquirer as Bigfoot’s not-so-secret lover. Instead, his resume is filled with an assortment of minor league theatre and an appearance on The Maury Povich Show—a career sidetracked by his father’s suicide, a lawsuit from his mother over his inheritance, and a break-up with his long-term girlfriend.
Tortured by his thoughts, he finds himself on the ledge of a fourth floor window, contemplating jumping out to inherit his familial legacy. In turn he must reach out to the only person who can help him before it’s too late.
Based in part on his acclaimed one-man show, The Gospel According to Josh is a comedic and poignant true-to-life tale of love, loss, struggle, and survival—a gospel account of one young man’s passage into manhood—his twenty-eight-
Available on Kindle, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. www.gospeljosh.com
About the Estrogenius Festival
Manhattan Theatre Source’s EstroGenius Festival, is an annual celebration of female voices, and one of New York City’s largest women’s arts festivals.Founded by Fiona Jones in 2000, the festival debuted with a program of 10 short plays and music. Since then, it has grown into a multi-week event including short plays, solo shows, teen performances, visual art, and dance. In past years, they have had stand-up comedy, live music and fundraisers for African girls’ education. For 2013, they are particularly excited about their Creative Lounges, which will be full-day events for networking, panels and workshops.