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

Rhonda Badonda:
The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain

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Written & Performed by Rhonda S. Musak
In conversation with Gareth Hendee & Valerie Dejean

When your brain won’t cooperate, you have to get creative.

Sensory Processing Disorder, On the Spectrum and Autism are extremely familiar buzz words these days, but what is it like to actually have one of these processing disorders? Rhonda Badonda not only answers that question “with glowing wit and humor” but is also a compelling story of hope centered around a medical mystery.

Rhonda will share selected scenes from her solo show while in conversation with both the show’s director Gareth Hendee and a leading expert in brain function Valerie Dejean. The discussion will focus on Rhonda’s experiences handling the hidden learning disability that affected her life since childhood along with her discovery of the Tomatis Method, a sound-based treatment that incorporates the music of Mozart. The listening sessions, which she began ten years ago and continues to this day, calm her brain and helps her restart her thinking when things stall. Using this therapy, Rhonda is able to function… and thrive.

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“Beautiful…a credit to the solo show format. Rhonda Musak…fills the stage with motion and personality. She slips into her many characters with ease…lovingly crafted and portrayed…a story she tells with glowing wit and humor. Rhonda Badonda shines in its expression of the beauty and strangeness of the mind.”

Plank Magazine



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. 

About the Host

Gail Schickele (Host) champions arts & sciences taking her left and right brain wherever she travels. As an arts manager, consultant, and producer dba SAGE Artists, she convened an ‘Arts Heals’ group of solo artists at APAP 2020 whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges evince the healing power of The Arts.  The COVID lockdown inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s expertise in marketing, management, booking and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, Gail has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental science inspires her educational and advocacy work in California with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and for the League of Women Voters for which she’s worked as an administrator and reporter on environmental issues Including legislation, climate science outreach, and co-chair of an environmental speakers series. Gail is honored to host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

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