“My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl”
Everyone strives to be kind, but for most of us it’s not in our job description. I’m a humane educator who’s determined to help people solve the world’s biggest problems. Because of my work, I’m pretty much required to be perpetually good. Unfortunately, I’ve got some challenges with kindness. I know that confession is good for the soul, so I thought it was time for MOGO Girl to get some things off her chest. So I created a 90-minute, 1-woman show.
“My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl” explores important global issues in an entertaining format using personal stories about my life and challenges living according to the MOGO (most good) principle to do the most good and the least harm to myself, other people, animals and the environment.
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6/7/13: Ellsworth, Maine – Zoe is performing her 1-woman show, “My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,” at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth, Maine @ 7:30 pm. Find out more.
3/2/13: New York, New York- New York City Vegetarian Food Festival
2/16/13: Chicago, Illinois – Northwestern University
1/19/13: Detroit, Michigan: Cass Corridor Commons
11/29/12: Lee, Massachusetts: Spectrum Playhouse
11/3/12: Washington, DC: American University
10/16/12: Boston, Massachusetts: Boston University
10/13/12: New York, New York: United Solo Theatre, the world’s largest solo theatre festival
9/14/12: Stonington, Maine: Stonington Opera House
5/10/12: Brunswick, Maine: Frontier Theater
4/18/12: Fredericton, NB: Charlotte Street Arts Theatre
What are people saying about my show?
“With healthy doses of wit, candor and insight, Zoe Weil shows us just how tricky — and funny — it can be attempting to live as a full-time compassionate citizen on this wonderful, complicated planet. If you like laughter, deep thought, and hearty challenges, then you don’t want to miss ‘My Ongoing Problems with Kindness.’ Long live MOGO Girl and her growing band of solutionaries!”
~ Kurt Schmidt, teacher, organizer for Canada debut of Zoe’s show
“Zoe Weil uses wit and endearing self-deprecating humor to help viewers critically examine some of their most deep-seated assumptions about themselves, their world, and their impact on others. Zoe manages to open people’s minds to critical social issues while — or, by — putting a smile on their faces, not an easy feat!”
~ Melanie Joy, Ph.D., professor of sociology and psychology at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, author, and founder of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network
“Zoe Weil’s 1-woman show is comedy at its most poignant and generous. The fun she makes is of herself, her own vulnerabilities, ambitions and ideals. And the result, while very funny, is both educational and forgiving as we struggle to make the world a better place.”
~ artist Robert Shetterly, creator of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series
“Zoe’s show offers a deft balance of humor and thought-provoking insights. It made me laugh, made me cry, and everything in between!”
~ Petra Peppelashi, board member, Animals & Society Institute
“I LOVED it! Intelligent, information-filled, interesting, and FUN!”
~ Mary Lee Duff, who saw the show in New York City
“Whoever thought that hearing about the terrible things we do to animals, the destruction we’re wreaking on the environment, and the misery we’re still inflicting upon each other could be so hilarious? Zoe Weil has made learning about some of the most important issues of our time entertaining and captivating while, in her self-deprecating way, showing us how we can live differently, more humanely, and better and solve the problems we’ve created in the world. Prepare to laugh, think, and leave this show transformed.”
~ Michael Greger, M.D., Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States | Humane Society International | Humane Society Institute of Science and Policy
“Zoe Weil never ceases to amaze, inspire, and push her own boundaries. She has dedicated her life to living ethically, healthfully, and teaching about everyday choices and their effects—for better or for worse– on the environment and animals and human society. She’s brave, she’s unabashed, she fizzes and pops as she shares her tussles with public and personal challenges, recognizing that if she is to be effective in her public role as a humane educator, she must not only fully inhabit the values she represents, but must be prepared to be challenged at every turn. But thank goodness she’s not didactic or self-righteous—she’s really funny! What she does in her show is incredibly generous. By being joyfully engaged in her life’s work (teaching and learning), she embraces the “passion” in “compassion,” sharing her observations and experience in this show with humor and candor and depth.”
~ Laura Yanne, Dorset, Vermont