My Calico Soul

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Reviews: 6

Steve Brock stars as himself in the world premiere of “My Calico Soul” during the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This show is written and Produced by Steve Brock and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson.

“My Calico Soul” is a journey of bisexual identity and taking all the labels that get thrust upon us or even give to ourselves and thoroughly accepting all of them. He brings you through early life and to present day using stories of his childhood, his awkward teenage years and even his adulthood. Also, as an accomplished singer/songwriter, he includes original music to help tell the story.

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A glimpse into the mind of a unique individual, conflicted by his catholic upbringing with his quest to define his complex sexuality and search for intimacy while struggling with various psychological disorders. Steve Brock brings a brutal, gut-wrenchingly sad, and at times, humorously twisted slice of his colorful history to the stage. Brock's warm and self-deprecating interactions with the audience in the small theatre stand in stark contrast to the more harrowing pieces of his journey that he chooses to re-enact for the viewers. Brock does something exceptionally rare - as a man living on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD and manic-depression, he manages to share, with total vulnerability and to a roomful of strangers, his soul. The direction is strong, making excellent usage of lighting and audio cues along with live musical segues performed by Brock himself on vocals and guitar. While the script could benefit from a tight edit, cleaning up some of the scattered nonsequitors and bringing more form and direction to the overall arc, the audience's barrage of questions for Brock at the end of the play was proof that they were genuinely inspired by this story of someone who has overcome incredibly difficult odds to become a working artist in Hollywood.

sweet - Matt Weinglass


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Steve Brock is a very gifted artist who takes his audience on a spectacular yet extremely intimate ride sharing his "calico soul" true-life stories, and fabulous original songs. Absolutely loved it!

sweet - Pamela Clay


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Steve Brock is many things – singer-songwriter, actor, bisexual, autistic, talented, but what he definitely is not is timid. He confidently tells his story in song and speech, and draws the audience in with his sweetness and charm. He was honest about his labels – those imparted on him and those he assigned himself.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


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Steve is raw for the audience as he takes a journey through his past. He incorporates singing and guitar playing into the mix, which compliments the material beautifully. He goes over the issues of labels and sexual assault, which is particularly relatable in today's #metoo movement. It was moving and inspiring. And the colorful language he uses paints a vivid picture. Definitely would recommend anyone who is able to see it to go to it!

sweet - Kayla Burchatz


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Steve provided a poignant , but ultimately, uplifting, story of struggles he has faced in life. The songs are a good fit for the story and never feel out of place.

sweet - Herbert Gore


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I liked Steve's performance very much - his musicality and connection with the material kept me in rapt attention. Steve Brock's vulnerability and insight into his personal story captivates you and takes you on a journey with him. I learned a lot about this talented artist!

sweet - William Joseph Hill


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Steve Brock includes you in the journey of his life with poignant and touching moments. His beautiful singing voice…reminds me of James Taylor in tone and lends a lovely touch to his story. (Steve's story)

sweet - Pamela Hill


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Steve Brock is many things – singer-songwriter, actor, bisexual, autistic, talented, but what he definitely is not is timid. He confidently tells his story in song and speech, and draws the audience in with his sweetness and charm. He was honest about his labels – those imparted on him and those he assigned himself.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


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A glimpse into the mind of a unique individual, conflicted by his catholic upbringing with his quest to define his complex sexuality and search for intimacy while struggling with various psychological disorders. Steve Brock brings a brutal, gut-wrenchingly sad, and at times, humorously twisted slice of his colorful history to the stage. Brock's warm and self-deprecating interactions with the audience in the small theatre stand in stark contrast to the more harrowing pieces of his journey that he chooses to re-enact for the viewers. Brock does something exceptionally rare - as a man living on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD and manic-depression, he manages to share, with total vulnerability and to a roomful of strangers, his soul. The direction is strong, making excellent usage of lighting and audio cues along with live musical segues performed by Brock himself on vocals and guitar. While the script could benefit from a tight edit, cleaning up some of the scattered nonsequitors and bringing more form and direction to the overall arc, the audience's barrage of questions for Brock at the end of the play was proof that they were genuinely inspired by this story of someone who has overcome incredibly difficult odds to become a working artist in Hollywood.

sweet - Matt Weinglass


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Steve Brock is a very gifted artist who takes his audience on a spectacular yet extremely intimate ride sharing his "calico soul" true-life stories, and fabulous original songs. Absolutely loved it!

sweet - Pamela Clay


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Steve is raw for the audience as he takes a journey through his past. He incorporates singing and guitar playing into the mix, which compliments the material beautifully. He goes over the issues of labels and sexual assault, which is particularly relatable in today's #metoo movement. It was moving and inspiring. And the colorful language he uses paints a vivid picture. Definitely would recommend anyone who is able to see it to go to it!

sweet - Kayla Burchatz


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Steve provided a poignant , but ultimately, uplifting, story of struggles he has faced in life. The songs are a good fit for the story and never feel out of place.

sweet - Herbert Gore


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I liked Steve's performance very much - his musicality and connection with the material kept me in rapt attention. Steve Brock's vulnerability and insight into his personal story captivates you and takes you on a journey with him. I learned a lot about this talented artist!

sweet - William Joseph Hill


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Steve Brock includes you in the journey of his life with poignant and touching moments. His beautiful singing voice…reminds me of James Taylor in tone and lends a lovely touch to his story. (Steve's story)

sweet - Pamela Hill