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Everyone strives to be kind, but for most of us it’s not in our job description. Zoe Weil is a humane educator who’s determined to help people solve the world’s biggest problems. Because of her work, Zoe’s pretty much required to be perpetually good. Unfortunately, she’s got some challenges with kindness. Zoe knows that confession is good for the soul, so she thought it was time for MOGO Girl to get some things off her chest. The president of the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, ME, Zoe has branched out into theater, writing and performing her new one-woman show,“My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,” directed by Jennifer Shepard, co-owner and actor at Improv Acadia.
Zoe will be performing her one-woman show opening weekend of the United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo theater festival in the U.S., Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m., Theatre ROW, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC http://unitedsolo.org/us/archives/2377.
“My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl” explores important global issues in an entertaining format using personal stories about Zoe’s life and challenges living according to the MOGO (most good) principle to do the most good and the least harm to herself, other people, animals and the environment.
“With healthy doses of wit, candor and insight, Zoe Weil shows us just how tricky — and funny — it can be attempting to live as a full-time compassionate citizen on this wonderful, complicated planet,” said Kurt Schmidt, organizer of the international debut in Fredericton, NB, last spring. “If you like laughter, deep thought, and hearty challenges, then you don’t want to miss ‘My Ongoing Problems with Kindness.’ Long live MOGO Girl and her growing band of solutionaries!”
Artist Robert Shetterly, creator of the Americans Who Tell the Truth Portrait Series which includes a portrait of Zoe Weil, had this to say about the show: “Zoe Weil’s 1-woman show is comedy at its most poignant and generous. The fun she makes is of herself, her own vulnerabilities, ambitions and ideals. And the result, while very funny, is both educational and forgiving as we struggle to make the world a better place.”
In addition to co-founding the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and its unique online graduate programs, Zoe Weil is the author of several books, including Nautilus Silver Medal winner Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. She speaks frequently and leads workshops across the U.S. and Canada as well as overseas, and was the recent subject of a widely read interview in Forbes magazine. She has also given acclaimed TEDx talks, The World Becomes What You Teach and Solutionaries. In 2012 Zoe was honored with the award for Women in Environmental Leadership from Unity College.
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