KICK offers a look at serious subject matter yet, it is also deeply funny and heartwarming.

It can be an effective way to begin a dialogue on campus, in your company or through theatre in your community.

“… Change begins with people like you who are willing to challenge the status quo.”  Sherrod Brown, United States Senator



"On her way to her first big New York audition," press notes state, "dancer Bernie O'Connell is tricked into a car and attacked in a vacant lot off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. [The play] follows Bernie from a kick-line to A Chorus Line to Hollywood and back as she picks up the pieces and finds the glue to put herself back together."

In an earlier statement director, Tony Nominee, Lynne Taylor-Corbett said, "We follow this ex-dancer through a decades-long roller coaster ride in this story about faith, relationships, sexuality and spiritual awaking. From raped teenager, through the age of AIDS and homophobia, to empowered Interfaith Minister and grandmother of three, Joanna Rush entertains and weaves a tale with such wisdom and humor. I am so proud that this play has opened a conversation with many men. One fraternity changed their mission statement to include “respect for women.” We need this conversation.


KICK, originally called Asking For It, won rave reviews and four stars from Time Out when it was originally presented at the New York International Fringe Festival. Joanna was nominated in 2016 for an Off Broadway Alliance OBA Award for “Best Performance in a Solo Play.”

Past Performance's Include


New York City Off Broadway Premier

St. Luke’s Theater, New York, NY


Manhattan Plaza- Outreach Reading

Image Theatre

Shea Center for the Performing Arts

Gala Event  31st Anniversary Jubilee - New York , NY

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

All For One FestivalCherry Lane Theater

Yard Arts Center – Martha’s Vineyard

New York International Fringe Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre

Irish Book, Art and Music festival in Chicago

UMASS, Lowell & Center for Hope & Healing

Notre Dame College (Forum)

Baldwin Wallace





Cleveland State University

Case Western Reserve University

Lakeland Community College

Lake Erie College

Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College

Gloucester Stage Company

Hallmark Residence

NY Society for Ethical Culture,

The Kirk at the invitation of Eduardo Machado & Intar

United Nations Council for the Empowerment of Women

The Hunger Project (select sections)- International Women’s Day (NYC)


"This is how theater should connect to people."  — Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize winning critic


“…drama, comedy, honesty and more… allows the audience to feel, rather than watch!” —


                    "4S!" — Time Out New York


"Joanna's work, both as written and performed, makes for a well balanced evening of theater – touching, entertaining and thought provoking. The audiences at Gloucester Stage loved it... and are still talking about it."  — Eric C. Engel  Artistic Director, Gloucester Stage Company; Director, Memorial Hall and College Theater Venues; Office for the Arts at Harvard


"With passion and wit, Joanna Rush lets us know the pain of being the hot girl in town. A must see lesson on sexism."  — Eduardo Machado, Playwright, Artistic Director of Intar Theatre


 ...Vigorously fleshed out characters and a witty script, this performance should not be overlooked!"

— The List, Edinburgh


"Finding the truth of one's life in a culture of lies... a powerful piece."  — BBC Radio 4


 "A consummate artist, Joanna Rush journeys through her life experience with tremendous insight,

incredible dramatic scope and humor. So much is revealed that one has to sit and take stock of

themselves... a brave work." — Malika Lee Whitney, WBAI


KICK— "BOTTOM LINE: A tender yet powerful telling of a life lived between God, troglodytes and the search for (self)love. Bernie O'Connell (Joanna Rush), a dancer, makes her way to her first New York audition. Tricked into a car by a most welcoming stranger and then attacked in a vacant lot off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway—sadly, a first of many attacks—Bernie goes from a kick-line to A Chorus Line to Hollywood and back while attempting to put herself back together...." [Read Full Article]


Theater Pizzazz  Sundays at St. Luke's with KICK — "A one-woman show? Rather, Kick is a kaleidoscope of finely etched characters and a tour de force for the astonishingly talented Joanna Rush who both wrote and performs it. This is the memoir of a full life condensed to 90 minutes of laugh-out-loud misadventures. There doesn’t appear to be a trajectory except the chronological, but there is as will be made clear at the end...." [Read Full Article]



Long Island Herald  RVC choreographer directs off-Broadway show — "Trauma, religion and dancing take center stage in “KICK,” an off-Broadway play directed by Rockville Centre resident Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Based on star Joanna Rush’s memoir, “Asking For It,” this one-woman play tells the darkly comic story of dancer Bernadette O’Connell, who goes from Catholic school girl to Rockette to single mother to exotic dancer and beyond — all while navigating the dangerous world of men and relationships...." [Read Full Article]







From writing to dancing to acting, Joanna is an incredible talent!


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KICK - It's Not how high. It's how strong!

by Joanna Rush



We love to share time with our partners, supporters and friends before or after the show, below we share a few with you.


Preview a sampling of KICK here

St. Luke's  Theatre

Opening night of Eclipsed


Alumni Night


Opening night of our

Off-Broadway run  Robert Cuccioli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Joanna Rush, and Jane Summerhays


Photo Credit:  Susan L. Schulman


After Eclipsed Joanna had the great honor of spending time with Gloria Steinem

After a special performance for Rockette's Alumni Night

Mariska Hargitay and Joanna, after a great performance for the All For One Festival


Photo Credit: Susan L. Schulman

Cherry Lane Theatre


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