FIRSTBORN: a solo performance

written and performed by Gigi Rosenberg

This is a snippet from Gigi's solo performance Firstborn. Videography by Seth Nehil.

About the Show

directed by Lauren Bloom Hanover
dramaturgy by Seth Barrish

Gigi, a firstborn daughter of the 1960s, navigates her fractured family of origin to make sense of her inheritance. 
The show (originally titled The Inheritance) was performed at the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. Earlier versions of some stories were performed at Portland Story Theater and New York City's Barrow Street Theatre. This show has been re-written and re-staged. 

***Please note: Both theaters are very small so buy your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!***

Upcoming Performances

Performance Works NW
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 7:30 pm

About the Portland show: Firstborn will be staged at Performance Works NW located at
4625 SE 67th Street, Portland, Oregon. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

United Solo Theatre Festival
 Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM

About the New York City Show: "2018 United Solo is the world’s largest solo theatre festival, currently in its 9th season. All shows are staged at Theatre Row: 410 West 42nd Street, New York City. TICKETS, with a price of $45 (plus a $2.25 theatre restoration charge) are available at the Theatre Row Box Office and online through Telecharge at You may also call Telecharge at 212-239-6200. When placing your reservation, you need to provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), the name of THEATRE (Theatre Row – The Studio Theatre), and the specific DAY and TIME of SHOW you would like to see."


What People Are Saying About This show:

Gigi Rosenberg is so funny! I have been thinking about this show every day since I saw it. It’s sweet, cosmic, thrilling and will help people not feel so singular and alone after a family fracture.
— Ariel Gore, author & literary midwife
Gigi’s writing, and the form she creates with her story, is so beautiful, engaging and compelling. She kept surprising me.
— Anet Ris-Kelman, multi-disciplinary performer
I found Gigi’s show inspiring on multiple levels—her natural storytelling ability, the way she wove the characters into and throughout the story and especially her willingness to share something so personal which touched everyone in the audience. Beautifully done!
— Susan Harrington, painter
Gigi’s story is witty, funny and heart wrenching.
— Judy Cappleman, teacher
I was riveted by Gigi Rosenberg’s performance. The journey she takes us on—from family conflict to individuation—exposes deeper truths about what we inherit and what our parents can never give us.
— Sage Cohen, author & poet
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Banner photo by Chelsea Petrakis