Award Winning NYC Solo Show to Play SaraSolo Festival “Spitting In The Face Of The Devil”; Written and performed by Bob Brader and directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner

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Spitting In The Face Of The Devil
Saturday, January 28th at 7pm at Crocker Memorial Church

★★★★★ “Eighty minutes of brilliance!”
– Donald’s Dish, London

★★★★1/2 “A funny, engaging marathon of storytelling that not only delivers understanding, but inspires—a must see performance that will make you laugh, cry and just feel good!”
– London Free Press

“Spitting In The Face Of The Devil is a truly AMAZING one-man show. I was bowled over by the way Bob Brader is able to blend a dark, agonizing family history with laugh-out-loud comedy. Bob Brader is the next Spalding Gray; I kid you not!”
– Michelle Stevens, PhD., Author of Scared Selfless

“A harrowing and powerful one-man show…Brader is a riveting actor as well as storyteller!”
– San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

★★★★★ “Compelling and unforgettable…genius…I cannot recommend this show too highly!” – The Calgary Sun

“A harrowing and gripping journey with an unexpected heaping of humor…intensely disturbing yet ultimately enlightening!” – The Orlando Weekly

New York, NY – After a successful tour of the US and Canada and following its win as Best Encore in the United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo theatre festival in the world, the critically acclaimed solo show, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, makes its Western Florida debut in the 2017 SaraSolo Festival. Written and performed by Bob Brader and directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner, the award-winning solo show has been produced in numerous venues and festivals across North America including the New York International Fringe Festival, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Garage Theatre Group’s Solo Fest, Inaugural United Solo Theatre Festival, Inaugural Woodstock Memoir Festival (headlined by the McCourt Brothers—Frank, Alphie & Malachy), San Francisco Fringe Festival, Atlantic Fringe Festival, Omega Institute, Victoria Fringe Festival, Montreal Fringe Festival and London Fringe Festival (twice).

In this daring, uplifting and often comedic solo show, acclaimed monologist Bob Brader tells the gripping true story of discovering that his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father is a pedophile. A powerful tale of personal survival and triumph, Winner of six Best of Fest Awards including “Best Show, London Fringe Festival” and “Best Script” and “Best Encore”, United Solo Festival. Hailed by critics as “brilliant”, “masterful” and “unforgettable.”

The creative team includes lighting design by Cory Pattak and graphic design by Michael Koch.

The performance takes place at Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. Tickets are $15.00 and are available online at

A portion of the proceeds will go to Manatee Children’s Services, a local child abuse prevention organization. Bob and Suzanne are honored to be partnering with this wonderful non-profit Child Advocacy Center that is doing amazing work.

Show Date:
Saturday, January 28th @ 7pm

Running time: 80 minutes

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Awards for Spitting In The Face Of The Devil:
Winner – Best Show of the London Fringe, The Beat Arts in London
Winner – Best Script, The Inaugural United Solo Theatre Festival
Winner – Fringe Hit, The Atlantic Fringe Festival
Winner – Pick of the Fringe, Victoria Fringe Festival
Winner – Best of the Fringe, San Francisco Fringe Festival
Winner – Best Encore, United Solo Theatre Festival


Bob Brader (Writer/Performer)
is an award-winning actor, writer and monologist. Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, Bob’s acclaimed solo show, has won 6 Best of Awards including “Best Show of the London Fringe” and “Best Script” and “Best Encore” at the Untied Solo Theatre Festival. His new monologue, Smoker, had its world premiere at Theatre Row as part of United Solo, where it won the “Best Autobiographical Show” Award. Bob made his international debut at the London Fringe Festival with his 2nd solo show, Preparation Hex, a hemorrhoid tale and love story, which toured through Canada and played in NYC at the Directors Company and the United Solo Festival. Bob headlined the two-actor 2017 NYC run as well as the sold-out international touring production of CIRCLE (Most Daring Show, London Fringe). He was in the original cast of We Call Her Benny, in the revival of Sex Ed and performed in the recent tour and original five-month NYC run of BITE with JMTC Theatre, for which he is Executive Director. Film credits include Eat Me and Brooklyn in July. His plays are published on Indie Theater Now. Bob trained with the Stella Adler Conservatory at the Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild and the United Solo Academy.

Suzanne Bachner (Director/Developer)
is an award-winning playwright and director. She is the director and developer of Bob Brader’s internationally acclaimed, award-winning solo shows including Spitting In The Face Of The Devil. Other solo show directing: Gloria Rosen’s Listen…Can You Hear Me Now? (Best Autobiographical Script, United Solo) Sarah Elizabeth Greer’s Bio-Hazard: A Relative Comedy (United Solo Europe 2016), Canadian Burlesque star Rosie Bitts’ Stories of Love and Passion (US and Canadian tour) and her new play, The Good Adoptee (Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress, United Solo). Playwriting and directing credits: CIRCLE (Sold-Out International Tour, “Most Daring Show” of the London Fringe), the long-running NYC cult hits, Icons & Outcasts and BITE and We Call Her Benny, which Broadway World called “the future of theatre”. Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney and Adrienne Kennedy and holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University. She is a member of the United Solo Academy and the Dramatists Guild.

About Manatee Children’s Services
Dedicated to Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse
Manatee Children’s Services, a non-profit Child Advocacy Center (CAC), has been serving our area’s children victimized by abuse and/or neglect for over 39 years. The agency provides a variety of services including our area’s only emergency shelter and group homes for child victims of abuse, parenting classes, grandparent and relative caregiver advocacy services, abuse prevention workshops and presentations, forensic medical and interview services and mental health counseling. Manatee Children’s Services welcomes community support in promoting our important mission:
“To advocate for and provide the resources, skills, and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.”

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