RENO, “Comic Shaman” (Village Voice) is a stream-of-consciousness style solo comedic monologist/provocateur living where she was born, New York City. Her evening length shows have had several runs Off-Broadway, both commercially and at non-profit venues and tour regularly to the leading regional theaters, museums and performance spaces. She adapted her show RENO IN RAGE AND REHAB into an ACE Award nominated (“Best Writing for an Entertainment Special”) HBO comedy hour. Her show, RENO ONCE REMOVED was commissioned by Lincoln Center for their Serious Fun Festival and sold out with rave reviews. It subsequently moved to the Joseph Papp Public Theater and continued on around the country. She has made other, short-form tragi-comic essays for various outlets such as PBS, VH-1, Comedy Central and National Public Radio, and occasionally contributes written articles to magazines such as MS.
Reno has done some non-solo acting as well, most notably in Tony Kushner’s first play, “A Bright Room Called Day” also at the Public and as Edith Ann’s shrink (Voice) in Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s series of animated specials, “Edith Ann” on ABC TV. She has also made appearances in several motion pictures including Robert Redford’s "Quiz Show", "Twenty Four Hour Women" by Nancy Savoca, Jonathan Demme’s "The Manchurian Candidate", and "Kinsey", by Bill Condon. She played the only civilian in the original ensemble cast of Witt/Thomas's Hollywood PD for CBS. She was one of the actors in the Spalding Gray tribute, “Leftover Stories to Tell”, directing Tony Shalhoub, Amy Brenneman, Brooke Adams, and Robert Brustein in it for Monina von Opel on Martha's Vineyard, participated in a series of readings commemorating Vaclav Havel's body of work for Mr. Havel with Kathleen Turner, and acted in her pal Marisa Tomei’s directorial debut, "Naked Angels Issues Project: War" at the Duke theater on Broadway and 42nd street.
Reno’s four episode series for BRAVO, CITIZEN RENO, a kind of non fiction sit-com, aired in 2001 to great reviews. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner were the executive producers. In 1998, she made a feature film for HBO, RENO FINDS HER MOM. In it, Reno tracks down the mother who gave her up at birth, and uses this verité footage in combination with fictional material she wrote as the search was unfolding. Featuring special appearances by Mary Tyler Moore and Lily Tomlin, it was produced and directed by Lydia Pilcher, written and produced by Reno, with Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner and Paula Mazur as executive producers. Reno was a fellow at the Sundance Film Lab for this project.
Reno’s show, REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE: Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th, her critically acclaimed (“Insightful and Very, Very Funny.” The New Yorker, "...the woman is consistently, energetically, loudly funny.” New York Times),Drama Desk Award nominated (her old friend Elaine Stritch won) personal/political rant show opened on October 4th, 2001, at La Mama ETC in New York City, where it was extended several times due to critical acclaim. Soon after, it reopened for a commercial run Off-Broadway, with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner again as Executive Producers. REBEL is her rapid-fire witness of the events of September 11th, how they affected her personally and in the context of the world at large. As political events kept changing, so did REBEL. Reno has performed REBEL over 700 times both in the US and abroad.
Nancy Savoca’s ("Household Saints”, ”Dog Fight", "If These Walls Could Talk") performance film of REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE had its world premiere September 11th 2002 at the Toronto International Film Festival, was honored by the centuries old Florence Peace Prize, went to the Havana and other domestic and international film festivals and ran in several domestic venues, including in NYC.
In response to unrelenting religiousization in our society, Reno wrote and performed new work under the title, THE god SHOW. Hartford Stage commissioned this work, which was further supported by The Peter Reed Foundation.
Since the appointment of some guy names GW Bush, among the myriad benefit performances she has done to contribute to a REGIME CHANGE in the USA, the performance piece she collaborated on with Joan Baez along with the San Francisco premiere screening of Rebel at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco (produced by Marc Huestis) was one of the great moments - Reno's surprise guest, Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) was a huge hit. Unfortunately, the U.S. invasion of Iraq went ahead as scheduled the next month.
Reno is among fifteen other distinguished solo performer/writers (Lily Tomlin, Eric Bogosian, Danny Hoch, Spalding Gray, Whoopie Goldberg, etc.) whose work was published in Theatre Communications Group’s Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century, edited by Jo Bonney. As it happens, students around the world study Reno's work, and she occasionally receives a copy of a thesis one of them has written on her! That's weird.
In the show she is currently developing, "MONEY TALKS WITH CITIZEN RENO" she hilariously collides with Wall St./Capitalist orthodoxy, then chats with an expert. She has done the show a few times so far, with Economics Nobel Laureates Paul Krugman, Robert Solow, and Eric Maskin, as well as a former Chief Financial Officer of JP Morgan Chase, the exquisitely excellent Dina Dublon.
Originally, Reno traveled a bit with Marga Gomez, in Lilith Theatre Company out of San Francisco, then started performing solo every once in a blue moon in New York in 1983 at the WOW Cafe, Limbo Lounge, and various funky dives. A couple of years later, she accelerated her performance schedule and played maybe once or twice a month at such wonderful spaces as PS 122, Cafe Bustello, the Wah Wah Hut, St. Marks Poetry Project and of course, Ellie Covan's heroic gift to artist development, Dixon Place.
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Representation: Adam Leibner, N.S. Bienstock 212 765-3040