The Kennedy Center

Jazz Hand


Jazz Hand: Tales of a One-Armed Woman is a two-person sketch show that addresses some of the awkward and absurd situations that actor Mary Theresa Archbold has encountered regarding her prosthetic arm. Featuring hilarious personal monologues, dancing, and singing, Jazz Hand holds a mirror up to the stereotypes carried by an unwitting and (mostly) good-intentioned general public.

Jazz Hand premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival, where Archbold won the Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor. It has played at the Peoples Improv Theater, the LA Comedy Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. The short film version of the opening sketch reached the finals of the NBC/Universal Shortcuts festival, where Archbold won the Best Actor award.

Jazz Hand is directed by Kevin Allison, a founding and performing member of the legendary MTV sketch comedy troupe The State, and founder of The Story Studio.
Jazz Hand