Solo Arts Heal

Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 7:30pm PT

Hunker Down

A true story of fight, loss and love through a climate disaster sonata; from dog-sledding in the dead of winter in Greenland to the front-lines of New York City resistance against fracking and ultimately swept into the height of Hurricane Sandy. Will we sink or swim as the universe hurls its arrows at us, as the water reaches our doorsteps?

Monica Hunken, one of the eminent actresses of our time, .. An extraordinary artist, she is able to use her body and her voice – in fact several voices – to expand the theatrical vocabulary so that the spectator rides the myriad aspects of an extraordinary life – through the physical and spiritual rigor of one multi-faceted actress.— Judith Malina, Founder of The Living Theatre

“Monica Hunken is not only fearless on stage; she is fearless in life.”

About Monica Hunken

Monica Hunken is a Brooklyn-based performer who creates docu-adventure theatre including; Reading the Water, Blondie of Arabia, The Wild Finish, Hunker Down,  Outside the World and Mt Rushmore.  In NY, she has been produced at Culture Project, Exponential Festival,  The Brick, The Living Theatre, Polish Cultural Institute and HERE Arts Center.  She has been produced in Australia’s Horse’s Mouth Festival, the Netherland’s DeParade Festival, Norway’s PIT festival, the Glastonbury Festival in England, among many other theaters across the globe.    She was an artist in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fish Factory in Iceland and winner of the Patrolio Award for her work responding to social injustice through art in Spain.  She has worked in refugee camps around the world facilitating arts programming.  She is an avid cyclist, having ridden through over 20 countries while also being an activist/ organizer having worked with Rev Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping, Resist Spectra, Time’s-Up!, New Sanctuary Coalition, Sane Energy Project on environmental and immigration issues and she works as a direct action trainer with Beautiful Trouble, GreenPeace and Rainforest Action Network in  NYC and abroad.

*photos by Hunter Canning


Solo performers present real-life, empowering stories. Transformative experiences for audiences. A theater of resilience that celebrates overcoming mental and physical life challenges and offers hope and inspiration. SOLO ARTS HEAL includes excerpts, talkbacks, and Q&A that provide education and advocacy. Readings or clips of performances will be shared by artists in conversation with Gail Schickele, whose work as a manager and producer of solo artists inspired collaboration of performing arts presenters with artists on a medical track based on their personal experience. The collective creative vision? To help communities through educational outreach and the healing power of the Arts. 

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