HANYAK 2_2New York, N.Y. (February 7, 2024) – United Solo Festival presents HANYAK, one woman’s transformational journey of self-discovery, love, betrayal and redemption written and performed by award-winning actress Tanna Frederick (Film: “Two Ways Home,” “Defrost,” “Irene in Time”), whose Hollywood dreams take a shocking turn. Directed by award-winning theater and film director Jenny Sullivan (Off-Bway: Weisenthal), HANYAK will be staged at the United Solo Festival on Friday, March 29, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at Theatre One at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street in NYC. 

In this captivating one-woman show, witness the journey of a young woman who dreams of making it big in Hollywood, only to find herself entangled in the web of a wealthy, eccentric film director. Despite their unconventional bond and striking age gap, their mutual passion for film and theater fuels their connection—until she uncovers her unwitting role in a game of lies and financial manipulation within their inner circle. As she pursues love, family, and children with the director, shattering revelations come to light which drives her into the dark realms of alcoholism and addiction. Seizing the chance to reclaim control over her life, she confronts the truth of her relationship and future, delving into her family’s legacy of deep-seated issues that have guided her choices. This poignant narrative of self-discovery, love, betrayal, and redemption is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of art. For audiences aged 18 and above.

“In HANYAK, I’m ripping off the band aid and telling a story that hopefully inspires others to share their own experiences and feel less alone,” said Frederick. “We've all got a little bit of a Hanyak in us looking for the honey and getting stung in the process. That's what makes us human. I'm so proud of anyone who survives their wounds and grows through the pain.”

The runtime is 45 minutes with no intermission.

General admission tickets are $52.50, which includes a $5.00 service charge. For tickets, visit UnitedSolo.org. Direct ticketing link: https://festival.unitedsolo.org/show/1706816840472x668200204627869700

HANYAK was workshopped at the Los Angeles Fringe and Two Roads Theater in Studio City, CA. It is produced by Ron Modro.

United Solo™ is a theatre company based in New York City, dedicated to the genre of one-person performance. Our goal is to present solo pieces, both local and international; discover original scripts; bring creators together; exchange perspectives; and inspire creativity related to solo performance.

Tanna Frederick (playwright/performer) can be seen as the lead in the narrative feature South of Hope Street in theatres this April alongside Judd Nelson, Billy Baldwin, and Michael Madsen. She has most recently had the pleasure of directing Eric Roberts and Mimi Kennedy in Sy Rosen’s Death Pays Flora A Visit. Frederick produced and released Two Ways Home, which can now be seen on VOD.  Frederick produced and launched DEFROST, a live-action virtual reality experience, alongside Randal Kleiser which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. She completed seven feature films directed by film iconoclast Henry Jaglom. Her recent theatrical credits include Gina Russell Tracey’s Permafrost at the Theatre for the New City; John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea directed by Carl Weathers, which received LA Times Critic’s pick; The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka selected for the National Black Theatre Festival; and The Rainmaker, which garnered the LA Stage Best Actress Award, an Eddon Award, and LA Times Critics’ Choice Award. Frederick’s directorial theatrical credits include Sylvia by A.R. Gurney and Claire Chafee’s Why We Have A Body starring Barbara Bain and Karen Black.

Jenny Sullivan (director-SDC) - Wiesenthal (Off-Broadway’s Acorn Theatre & The Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills); Jackie Unveiled (The Wallis); The Dresser (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Geffen Playhouse: Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Other Palace Theatre UK: The Year of Magical Thinking (Linda Purl); Laguna Playhouse: I Am My Own Wife, Steel Magnolias; Rubicon Theatre Company: Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, Baby Dance: Mixed, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Darrow, Who’ s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hamlet, Defying Gravity, The Rainmaker; Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara: The Children, The Legend of Georgia McBride, I Am My Own Wife, Good People, Lion in Winter, The Clean House; The world premiere of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance: Pasadena Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre (CT Critics’ Directing Award), Lucille Lortel Theatre off-Broadway; Films: Access All Areas, The Next Best Thing (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Jenny is most proud of the premiere of her play J for J which was produced by The Rubicon Theatre Company, starring Jenny, Jeff Kober and the late great John Ritter. 


March 29, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.

United Solo Festival

Studio Theatre at Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036 

General Admission Tickets are $52.50 (includes $5 service charge) 

For tickets, visit UnitedSolo.org. Direct ticketing Link:


Runtime: 45 minutes (no intermission)

Press Contact: Paul Siebold, 917-626-3014, paul@offoffpr.com

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