Gilda: A Tribute to the Beloved Comedienne
Gilda Radner.

A one-woman show by Helena K. Cosentino

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Gilda: A Tribute to the Beloved Comedienne
Gilda Radner.

A one-woman show by Helena K. Cosentino

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Helena K. Cosentino honors Gilda Radner

Best of Venue - Hamilton Fringe 2017

“First Rate - one of the best tributes I have ever seen - don’t miss this show.”

Bob Leggett/LA Music Critic

“From the moment the lights dim and Cosentino steps on to the stage,
she embodies Radner.”

Bob Evans, AXS

Gilda Radner, one of the most iconic and beloved comediennes of our time will be honored in this one-woman show. This tribute will pay homage to some of Gilda’s infamous characters and quirky musical numbers. Gilda used humor and laughter to get through the struggles and cruelty of a life cut short, from being the fat kid to a young woman on top of her game struck with terminal cancer. Her comedy truly made fun of the very things she battled. This show is for all of us who loved watching her on SNL each week and also for the younger generations to transport them back to a time where humor was innocent yet edgy and poignant. Gilda is a classic and timeless force that will live with us for generations to come. This show is dedicated to anyone going through cancer or any challenging event, hoping to capture and share a glimpse of Gilda’s amazing spirit and inspire laughter through life.

Helena donates her proceeds to the local cancer support community in the city she is performing in Gilda’s honor. This show so far has been funded by the generosity of others. Please feel free to support this project and help keep it self sustainable. Helena’s goal is to raise money for cancer support in every city that has a Gilda’s Club worldwide.

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a little more about Helena

Actress, Theatre Teacher & Director

Helena K. Cosentino resides in Kansas City where she is actively involved in the theatre community there. She received her MA in Collaborative Theatre at Lesley University in Boston and is also a proud Alumni of the Theatre Department at Missouri State (SMSU) where she received her bachelors in Theatre. Helena has been a Theatre teacher for 15 years and a performer all her life. You can often see her as a guest star for Kansas City’s Late Night Theatre. After graduate school, Helena developed Storizenmotion a collaborate theatre process for creating original work through improvisation inspired by Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theatre, Anna Halprin’s Life-Art Process, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, and Gabrielle Roth’s Five Rhythms. Some of her favorite performances include: Storizenmotion, Hank, Syvvie and Gina in The Kathy and Mo Show, Salome in The Robber-Bridegroom, Aunt Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace and She & Her’s production’s Orange Flower Water. Her directing favorites: The Juniper Project, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Conference of the Birds, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Les Miserables.

Show Dates

Immersive KC
1118 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64106

Purchase Tickets

Thursday, August 8th at 8:00 P.M. 

Friday, August 9th at 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 P.M.

A Note From Helena

It has been a long time dream of mine to honor and pay tribute to the beloved Comedian Gilda Radner Wilder. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been in love with Gilda. I grew up admiring her, laughing at her characters, and basically wanting to be her. As I worked on this project and learned more about her my love has transcended far beyond her funny characters that I grew up loving but to admiration for what she went through and how she used laughter to cope with life and death.

It was a calling for me to do this and I have been blown away by the response. I have found people want to hear Gilda’s story and remember her. Like me, they miss her and she was such an inspiration to others and still is.

This may sound crazy but I feel her presence, she has been a part of this process helping me along the way. I truly feel moved to continue to keep her memory alive with this show and also teach younger generations about who she was and help those who are facing cancer in their lives.

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