ONEymoon (A honeymoon for one)
Written & Performed by Christel Bartelse
Directed by LJ Nelles

With ambiguous feelings about the institution of marriage and unwilling to commit to anything less than perfection, Caroline opts to re-invent a long standing social convention. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follow along on her beach vacation — her honeymoon for one. Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of “wedded bliss” – but ultimately finds that even a long-term relationship with herself has its pitfalls.

ONEymoon premiered at the London, ON Fringe Festival and played Toronto soon after that.

During the summer of 2010, this show toured Fringe Festivals in London, Toronto and Minnesota.

By August, the show had truly hit is stride at the Victoria Fringe Festival, where it played to sold out houses and rave reviews, and earned a Critics Choice award nomination from Monday Magazine.

“This production –
a celebration of independence and girl power is an energetic, manic and hilarious tale full of obligatory audience participation…original music, rapping, inebriated cabana boy seduction and tap dancing. A masterful improviser, Bartelse is a bouncing ball of energy who clearly enjoys the spotlight. This one­derful and entertaining production is definitely wort checking out. “
Thandi Fletcher, 5 STARS, Victoria Times Colonist

Performances state­side in New York City and Indianapolis followed, again to critical raves:

“a ‘tour-­de­-force’… a showcase for Bartelse’s many talents and an evening of laughs and memorable moments for the audience. ” Melanie N Lee,

“Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Amy Sedaris…….. Bartelse would not look out of place next to these.”

Laurence Brown, King of Indiana

The show has also played Orlando, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Indianapolis and Frigid Festival NYC