Born in Pasadena and raised until the age of fifteen in Altadena, Polly Frost is a New York City writer. She returns to Altadena on Sunday, February 10th with her one-person show, “Bad Role Models and What I Learned from Them.”
“People talk all the time about the need for ‘good’ role models for kids. The question I ask in my show is: who do we learn from the most when we’re growing up? I realized I’d learned the most valuable lessons from people who could be considered ‘bad’ role models. My show is a funny and heartfelt tribute to four people who made a difference in my life.”
Polly’s show is also a tribute to Altadena, a town she calls “the most wonderfully sort of quirky and diverse place to grow up in.” It’s also a tribute to the Los Angeles area, which as she says was “the best place to discover myself, first as a horse-crazy teen and then as a high-art obsessed young woman.”
In fact, she’ll be doing her show at one of the Altadena places she talks about in her show, a horse stable once owned her riding teacher, Aloha Robinson. “Aloha was the very best kind of ‘bad’ role model,” Polly says. “She chain smoked and drank Scotch at 8 a.m., but she also taught me so much about pursuing your passion in life.”
Polly has been a published writer for over twenty-five years. Her humor and journalism has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Elle, and many other magazines. She has also written books and plays.
“As much as I’ve loved my professional writing life,” she says, “I feel the need to connect directly with audiences in live performances. I think it’s important to talk about the things that matter to us.”
In 2011 and 2012, Polly toured around the country with her first one-person show, “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family. She premiered her new show, “Bad Role Models” in New York City in October at Cornelia Street Cafe, where many shows and performers have started out, including Suzanne Vega and the Vagina Monologues.
People interested in attending “Bad Role Models and What I Learned from Them” are strongly advised to make reservations as soon as possible since the show is selling out.
857 W. Mariposa, Altadena 91001
$15, cash only at the door
Seating by reservation: call 805.450.9955 or email Polly at PollyFrost.com
No children under 12 admitted, and the show is recommended for those 21 and older
Comfortable shoes and casual clothing is suggested (remember, it’s in a barn)
There will be wheelchair access and assistance (please mention when making reservation)
Running time: 75 minutes
Seating: under a roof, and warm and dry even in the event of cold/rainy weather