The great British poet W. H. Auden wrote a Christmas oratorio that never was completed. North Texas actor Justin Lemieux thinks he can take what was intended as a grand musical performance and make it work - as a monologue.
Justin Lemieux presented Warm Soda during a sold-out, one-night-only performance at Dallas' Theatre Three Theatre Too space on September 10, 2017, and again on September 20, 2017 at Theatre Row in New York.
Justin Lemieux Taps into the Bittersweetness of Childhood in New York-Bound Warm Soda
Lemieux, the star and author of Warm Soda, is a gifted writer and assured monologist. His no-frills performance Sept. 10 in Theatre Three’s Theatre Too space, which lasted for nearly an hour and a half, bodes well for a showing at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York on Sept. 20; he held attention solely on the strength of his storytelling and stage presence.
Justin Lemieux also has a personal story to tell in Warm Soda, a memory piece about a childhood friend from whom he's drifted apart. He began working on the monologue, which he describes as "a cross between The Wonder Years and Annie Hall" at Southern Methodist University, where he completed his MFA in acting in 2016.