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The Book That Won't Close; Confessions of a Love Addict
The Book That Won't Close; Confessions of a Love Addict

Thu, Mar 07


Arcata Playhouse

The Book That Won't Close; Confessions of a Love Addict

By TL Forsberg

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Mar 07, 2024, 8:00 PM

Arcata Playhouse, 1251 9th St. Arcata, CA

About the event

The Book That Won't Close follows a bi-culturally fluid hard-of-hearing woman through a series of bad relationships until she meets a Transgender sex coach who walks her through a self-contained rehab for Love Addiction. Through her unique relationship with Treva, a fluid Trans person who embraces both masculine and feminine, our protagonist learns to claim her place as a sacred hybrid on the path of healing and integration. The show is a dark comedy that includes original rock music, dance, video projection, and sign language and is not only inspirational but is "edu-taining” to both cultures.

Stay for a talk-back with TL Forsberg after the show!!

TL Forsberg is an internationally celebrated singer/performer in the Deaf Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Cultural Ambassador on Disability, keynote speaker, award-winning playwright, group facilitator, and trauma-informed coach. Renowned as “The Deaf Lady Gaga,” her life story is featured in the award-winning documentary, ”See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary.” She plays Olivia on ABC’ Disney’s Switched at Birth,” and the band's rock star stylist in VH1's Reality TV Rock Star Series, “SuperGroup.” As a musician, she opened for Alanis Morissette & Tori Amos and wrote the theme song, “Deaf" initely for Miss Deaf International.

Her critically acclaimed, award-winning solo show, “The Book That Won’t Close-Confessions of a Love Addict,” celebrates diversity in the Deaf Culture, won an Encore Award at The Binge Fringe Festival, Whitefire's SoloFest two years in a row, a diversity scholarship in the 2021 Hollywood Fringe where it was nominated"Top of The Fringe", won “Best of Broadwater’s,” “The Producers Encore Award,” and “Namba Arts Solo Splash Award" for cultural education and female empowerment. As a (DIA) Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, TL sits on the Advisory Board at The Hollywood Fringe Festival encouraging fair and diverse practices in the theater. For more info visit

 Jessica Lynn Johnson, Director/Developer, is a published playwright, recipient of the BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST AWARD from the Dialogue One Festival, Advisory Board Member of the LA Women's Theatre Festival, Co-Executive Producer of both the Stars Solo Series and the Joshua Tree Solo Theatre Festival, and Founder & CEO of Soaring Solo Studios International. Jessica has aided in the development, direction and producing of over 150 solo shows (and still going strong)! As a performer, Jessica has “edu-tained” international audiences touring her own one person shows ZE and OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYONE for over 15 years. Jessica's projects have taken home awards such as TOP OF FRINGE, HFF ENCORE PRODUCER AWARDS, TVOLUTION BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE, LARRY CORNWALL AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE & several other accolades! Jessica was also nominated for the Female Director of Distinction in Theatre by Girl Trip LLC at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival and most recently nominated for Best Director of a Play by Broadway World 2023.

Jessica is so honored to collaborate on this powerful piece of Solo Theatre. For more information about Jessica's work, please visit:

SHOW ACCOLADES: The Book That Won’t Close debuted at the Binge Fringe Festival 2019 where it won “Best of Fest” and continued to win “Best of Fest’ and “Encore Awards at Solofest 2019 and 2020. “The Book That Won’t Close “was a "diversity scholarship winner" at the 2021 Hollywood Fringe where it was nominated "Top of the Fringe," won "The Best of Broadwater" producers Encore Award for commercial viability and success as well as a "Namba Splash Award" for Cultural Enhancement and Female Empowerment. Directed and developed by award-winning director Jessica Lynn Johnson, the show was reviewed by Broadway World as, “ a show that will shake you to your soul.” The Book That Won’t Close is inclusive to hearing and d/Deaf audiences through the use of American Sign Language & Spoken voice.

REVIEW QUOTES: "TL’s life experience as a hard-of-hearing person living in a fluid no man’s land of diversity packs a punch that will shake you to your soul!" -Sharri Barrett, Broadway World/Culver City News

“The best one-person show I’ve ever seen. A master at unfolding societal taboos. Not to be missed! “ -Yvonne Ronceros, NoHo Arts District

“Some plays make me laugh, some make me think, a few stun with technical skill and passion, some do indeed make me weep. The Book That Won't Close does all of the above and more. “ -David MacDowell Blue, Theatre Reviewer- Night Tinted Glasses


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