The Archipelago: Based on his book, The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage, Isenberg’s first one-man show is a high-energy, 70-minute tour of postwar Bosnia and its neighboring countries. Isenberg recreates the voices and vistas of this remarkable part of the world, using humor and empathy to tell survivors’ tales. Originally created with Don DiGiulio and No Name Players at the Future Tenant Trespass Residency. Later revived by Global Solutions Pittsburgh and Bar Marco.
One Million Elephants: An informal sequel to The Archipelago, One Million Elephants is an emotional journey through the nation of Laos—the most heavily bombed country of all time. As Isenberg visits Buddhist shrines, scorched battlefields and a town built of war-scrap, he attempts to reconcile a secret war crime with the kindness and forgiveness of the Laotian people.
The Pittsburgh Monologue Project
Inspired by actual conversations, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project has wowed audiences with real-life stories, rants and soliloquies: The college student who just wants to make a low-budget horror movie. The salesman who records his most intimate moments on his cell phone. The mother who demands a balloon for her child’s second birthday—plus the ravings of bartenders, truckers, panhandlers and Steelers fans.
Created by Robert Isenberg and co-written with Brad Keller, the Pittsburgh Monologue Project is a stand-up performance series that celebrates the diverse voices of a dynamic Rust Belt city. And since its first production with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in 2004, the Project has incorporated monologues from across the country and around the world. Funny, tragic and inspirational, the PMP includes more than 260 solo pieces—and counting.
For more information, visit the official Pittsburgh Monologue Project website.
Isenberg is the author of numerous produced stage-plays, including one-acts, 10-minute shorts, and full-length. His 2005 dramedy, Jetlag, was hailed by the Post-Gazette as a notable production of the year. Performers in his plays have won numerous Donna Awards at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.