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– United States Premiere


Written and Performed by: Rachel Schmeling.

Music Director/Arrangements by: Jody Shelton.

Directed by: Ellen Lindsay.


Rachel Schmeling

“You, Me, and Anxiety” written and performed by Rachel Schmeling, was first conceived as a part of her MA degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rachel expanded the show this year and is thrilled to share this version for the first time. Part stand up, part audience interaction, part musical journey, part anxious disaster, this cabaret takes Rachel and the audience on a wild, hour-long ride through her experience with anxiety. As an exaggerated version of herself, Rachel looks back on her life to pivotal moments where her anxiety took over and she had to deal with it; sometimes though song! Mental health discussions are important and here to stay, so why not have a laugh while we all go a bit insane? Helping Rachel share this story is her arranger and musical director, Jody Shelton on piano.


Cabaret Theater


Monday - August 28 - 6:30pm
Tuesday - August 29 - 9pm
Wednesday - August 30 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 31 - 9pm
Thursday - September 7 - 6:30pm

Running time: You, Me and Anxiety is 60 Minutes $15.

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Rachel Schmeling is a fresh face to NYC, having received her BFA in Acting from Missouri State University in 2015 and her MA in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in October 2016. During her training, she was able to start writing and creating her own work, specifically solo pieces, and found she loved telling stories in this way. This cabaret came about from the question, “What was an experience that changed your life,” the answer being: anxiety. Besides writing and performing her own work, Rachel is a member of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, a member of the Journeyman Residency Program with Titan Theatre Company, and was most recently a part of The Public’s production of Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Park). More information about Rachel and her work can be found on her website: www.rachelschmeling.com.

Jody Shelton began his career as musical director for the Second City National Touring Company, and performed with renowned musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy for fifteen years. Since 2004, Jody has released three critically acclaimed albums as solo artist, and two more with his band, Daughter & Son. In 2012, he co-wrote the parody 50 Shades! The Musical, which had an extended run at the Elektra Theatre in New York, and has been performed throughout the world. 50 Shades! can currently be seen at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Jody’s next musical, co-written with Emmy and Peabody winner Peter Gwinn (The Colbert Report) was The Story of a Story (The Untold Story), which opened at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago in October, 2015, and received a Jeff Award nomination for Best New Work. Jody’s most recent work is the musical parody Star Wars: The Farce Awakens, which had its New York premiere in February, 2017.  



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