My One Woman Show is my own story, about my experience as a teenager with scoliosis, and one I haven’t had the guts to tell until now. After four years of development, I was beyond thrilled to premiere Braced in New York City at the 2012 13th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival. I’ve yet to come across a story, be it expressed through any medium, in which the central character is an adolescent d ealing with the experience of having to wear a scoliosis back brace. My story is so much more than your average coming of age story. I believe that everyone at one point or another has had their own form of “brace” that so easily defined them. For many people, this happened in those, “oh so wonderful”, awkward teenage years. Braced allows audiences to go back in time and recall those possibly painful years with laughter and compassion for the way their younger selves were only trying to find a place in this world.
At the 13th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival, Rebecca Steele captivated audiences with her brave and honest portrayal of her personal experience as an adolescent with scoliosis. Braced was nominated for “Outstanding Production of a Play”, “Outstanding New Script for a Full Production”, “Outstanding Costume Design for a Full Production” and “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Full Production)”. Led by the direction of award-winning actor Maggie Surovell (New York Magazine Top Pick Warning Signs), Rebecca Steele transitions between over a dozen characters in telling the story of a girl who finds the will to endure life’s shortcomings and accept herself for who she really is. Braced was also developed with script advisor and fellow solo show performer, Andrea Caban (2011 NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance Nominee Questions My Mother Can't Answer). After performing for a group of young girls and their moms from the Long Island “Curvy Girls” Scoliosis Support Group (www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com) on opening night, Rebecca Steele recognized the potential Braced can have in inspiring and empowering youth to define themselves despite circumstances outside of their control.
"Former Vancouverite Rebecca Steele gives a tour-de-force performance in her single-handed autobiographical show."
John Jane, Review Vancouver
"The wide recognition Steele has received for her story is a testament to the abandon with which she preforms it. She is able to transform her performance from tender to hilarious in a breath. A convincing example of reconciling our troubles with comedy, this performance will definitely move you."
Hannah Bellamy, Sad Mag
"Rebecca Steele gives a strong and heartwarming performance and using her own personal teen years as a template she has taken snapshots of moments in her life and brought it onto the stage for us to take in."
Victor Terzis, Plank Magazine
“Rebecca Steele's soulful performance moved us through the trials and tribulations of teen hood, where the challenges of scoliosis serve to heighten the sense of aloneness and feeling different. Swept up in the performance, our girls and parents laughed and cried as we watched ourselves unfold on the stage, ultimately triumphant.”
Robin Stoltz, LCSW, Clinicial Social Worker & “Curvy Girls” Mom