FIRSTBORN: a solo performance

written and performed by Gigi Rosenberg

A one-minute excerpt from Gigi's solo show Firstborn from the United Solo Theatre Festival, off-Broadway.

About the Show

directed by Lauren Bloom Hanover
dramaturgy by Seth Barrish

In Firstborn, Gigi’s solo performance, she navigates her fractured family of origin to make sense of a mysterious inheritance.

Gigi has performed this show off-Broadway at the United Theatre Solo Festival in New York City, Fertile Ground Festival of New Work and Performance Works Northwest, both in Portland, Oregon. Earlier versions were performed at Portland Story Theater and in the solo performance workshop at New York City's Barrow Group Theatre.

Read “The Beating Heart of the Story,” editor Jane Rosenman’s blog post
about Gigi’s experience transforming a memoir manuscript to an off-Broadway solo show.

Gigi brings her brand of storytelling and humor to her performances, public speaking coaching and corporate workshops. If you’d like to inquire about booking this show at your next event or need help finding the story in your next speech or presentation, contact

Past Performances

United Solo Theatre Festival
 October 27, 2018

Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Street, Portland, Oregon
October 19 & 20, 2018

Fertile Ground Festival of New Work
Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Street, Portland, Oregon
January 10, 11, 19 & 20, 2018

Portland Story Theatre
Various Locations, Portland, Oregon
November 4, 2016, May 5 & December 1, 2017

Jennifer Jasper’s Family Affair Cabaret
Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Ave, Seattle
December 21, 2016

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

Banner photo by Chelsea Petrakis