The Antarctic Chronicles  - A Factual Frozen Comedy by Jessica Manuel
"4 Stars"
Time Out New York
"Manuel keeps the pace moving with exquisite energy
and perfect comic timing"
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The Antarctic Chronicles
Jessica Manuel's solo show about the year she lived and worked at McMurdo Station Antarctica.
"This high-energy, episodic journey to Antarctica
invigorates the adventurer within"
"Fun and full of laughter"
Sara B's Fringe Review
Striving for individuality and freedom, Jessica Manuel found herself at the bottom of the Earth--living and working in Antarctica as a fuels operator. THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES explores her biographical journey through multiple characters: her parents, friends, roommates, and bosses.  A story of love, courage, absurdity and madness, Jessica shares what happens living in an isolated community void of sun for months.  Loss of memory and black urine are just a taste of the experiences she endured while trying to create a life worth examination.
Directed by Paul Linke
Wednesday Nights 8pm
Feb. 3 - Mar. 10
Hudson Guild Theatre
Photos by: Zoee B
JESSICA MANUEL (Playwright/Performer) After leaving the “Ice,” Jessica graduated from Australia’s prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Art (NIDA).  Following school she starred in the Australian premier of Breathing Corpses by Laura Wade and Actors Anonymous by Claire Fitzgerald. Jessica co-created the play Woman from the Desert with Anna Houston, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the 2006 “Short and Sweet” play festival in Sydney. 
The original production of The Antarctic Chronicles was directed by Claire Fitzgerald in Sydney, Australia in conjunction with Judas Tree Productions in 2006. Jessica was runner up in the 2009 Los Angeles’ Actors Group Theater solo performance competition and received rave reviews at the New York International Fringe Festival.
Her most recent films include; Hazelnut (dir. Jim Hanks), Finding Sherry (dir. Brian Carter) Ricky (dir. Kevin Wagaoner), Child Invisible (dir. Bethe Gordon), Hummingbird (dir. Melody Encheff), and Lessons in Humility (dir. Tomas Zinzli). Her latest television credits include CSI: Miami (CBS), “Pilot” Flip TV (NBC) and “Pilot” Mongoose and Luther (Disney.) Her upcoming films include The Life of Riley (dir. Carrie Boberg) and John Rice's hockey comedy Stan's Cup. Jessica loves comedy and has sharpened her chops by performing stand-up at the Hollywood Improv, sketch and improvisation at UCB and is a member of the improv troupe WAITERS IN TRAINING. She is the lead singer of the novelty band TRASH TORNADO and currently writing and filming the comedy web-series Sexy Ghost Mom.
Paul Linke (Director)
Co-founded the Garden Theatre Festival (LADCC Award) and was a member of the Company Theatre. He was the founder and original artistic director of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica where he created his internationally acclaimed Time Flies When You’re Alive, which was later filmed as an HBO Showcase special and nominated for a Cable Ace Award. Mr. Linke continued his autobiographical solo work with Life After Time, which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse completing his TIME TRILOGY with Father Time, at the Pacific Resident Theatre.
Mr. Linke was co-author and director of Save It For the Stage–The Life of Reilly starring comic legend Charles Nelson Reilly.   He was honored to direct Nobody Don’t Like Yogi starring Ben Gazzara, Off-Broadway at the Lamb’s Theatre.  Mr. Linke has developed and staged many solo plays including Fired Up,  …and Baby Makes Two, The Back Road Home, The Four Man Plan (The science of romance,) Caterpillar Soup, Capture Now (currently playing in NYC,) The Law of Return (w/ Shelly Berman), Diabetes My Struggles With Jim Turner, It Ain’t Nothin Nice, Wilde and Wonderful (Two Ovation Nominations), …But First, Sammy Shore (w/ veteran comic Sammy Shore) for which he won the ADA for best direction of an original play in 2002.  Mr. Linke most recently co-wrote and staged My Sinatra at the Algonquin Theatre in Manhattan.
A published author, Mr. Linke lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Christine Healy, and their four children Jasper, Ryan, Rose, Lily and dog Suds.
Special Thanks
I'd like to thank all the people that made this show possible. My friends and family and all who donated to the cause, Claire Fitzgerald for inspiring me to create the show, Judas Tree Productions, Paul Linke for putting up with my stubbornness, Steven Blake, Nicholas Johnson and Big Dead Place, Roren Stowell, Alex Morris, Francine Oliver, Karen Pavich, GA Dan and all my Ice buddies, Raytheon, Susan Shearer and Kosh at Ten Worlds, Akbar, The Ruskin Theater, Mike Gaglio, Zoee B, Penny Moore and the Actors Group Theater, Mimi Mayer and Angel City Talent, The New York International Fringe Festival, SGI-USA, and my amazing creative crew Louis Sciarrotta, Jackie Nico and of course Deano Calkin, and everyone who came to see the show.  I thank you!
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