Photo Credit: Zachary Fineberg

Photo Credit: Zachary Fineberg

As a performer, Gieseke is extremely enigmatic, particularly when finding humor in her own self-deprecation. With a writer’s eye she finds the right details to focus on to develop characters and elicit laughter. Because Gieseke is more a storyteller than veteran of the theater world, there is an immense genuineness at the heart of Borderline A**hole. Gieseke bares her true self and emotions, rather than letting them become eclipsed by the bravado and showmanship found in some solo pieces. Her warmth and sincerity give you the sense that you are being told a story by a close friend, rather than by a stranger in a darkened theater.

With a bare bones set Gieseke sucks us into her immensely compelling narrative, enabling us to experience her emotional ups and downs. If you see only one show in this year’s Frigid Festival, Borderline A**hole is a great choice, one that is sure to make you laugh as you contemplate your own failed relationships and past losses. I hope to see Gieseke on stage again, whether with this story or something new.
— FRIGID New York Festival 2019

Julie Gieseke

The hilarious, profound, and curious Julie Gieseke was a writer that didn’t write until eight years ago . . . She took a solo performance workshop to get over her fear of being in front of groups, partly inspired by her job as a Visual Co-Creator (www.mapthemind.org).  Julie not only got over her fear, but discovered she actually loved performing her own writing.

Since 2011 Julie has written and performed 16 solo shows to audiences in San Francisco, Austin, TX, Washington DC, and Toronto, gaining an avid and loyal following for her no-holds-barred, courageous authenticity.

Julie may or may not be motivated by the romantic hope that by divulging her flawed and failed dating strategies as a single lesbian in or near the lesbian capital of the world, it could result in some dates. It hasn’t yet. But she’s not giving up.

 

Julie Gieseke is a fabulous performance artist. She emanates a charisma that charms and possesses a biting intelligence. Her work is funny, unique, deeply moving, daring, and thought provoking. The very combination of elements one wants from watching live theater.
— Nina Wise - Author, Performer and Founder of Motion Theater
Julie is a rare talent. Her show, Borderline A**hole, is funny, brilliant and an inquiry into her own shadow in service to the audience. Solo performance is definitely this gifted woman’s natural art form. She owns it with an original and dynamic perspective. Her humility and willingness to expose and question her own weaknesses, makes her anything but a borderline asshole. I had the privilege of supporting her on the early versions of the show. It was pure joy! Go Julie, go!!
— Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, Founder of Global School of Story
I am so excited for Julie Gieseke’s solo show. Julie is hilarious, uber intelligent and this show should not be missed.
— Ann Randolph - Writer, Performer, Speaker