A Girl Far From Normal is performed by Robyn the actor, playing Robyn the character, written by Robyn the writer, based on Robyn the woman.
In a long marriage, a self-assured, content woman’s perfectly crafted real life rom-com world has a head-on collision with a romantic tragedy when her seemingly devoted, happy, Captain Von Trapp of a husband gives her the bad news: He wants to take a marriage vacation…without her. She is 56 and single for the first time in 37 years. A woman obsessed with rom-coms and romance movies she attempts to emulate what her favorite leading ladies would do if they got 86’d by their partners. She insists on a happy ending.
Visiting long buried horrors of her childhood, she mashes kitchen table philosophy rants, alongside raw, real, funny, pathetic and humiliating events in her life.
The show starts at Lincoln Center where Robyn is waiting on a date that is late. While she waits, she takes the audience on a journey. The concept of the show was developed from Robyn’s love of her favorite storytellers, Spalding Gray and David Sedaris. Rarely leaving the stage, she changes wardrobe as she speaks. The show is loosely based on the concept of how to divide by two and remain whole- Actual things you need to do in order to NOT die from a broken heart, which she discovers is an actual thing and how to not just survive heart break but thrive AND find love again.