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Click below for a glimpse of my guest-host gig with WVON's "Chat Daddy"...sharing quips & tips on  getting' your groove on before it's all gone!  

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Even our jaded Aussie bartender in the DP Lounge said 'she's something special'...and he never gets excited about anything."

Ellie Covan - Artistic Director, DIXON PLACE

More Audience Testimonials 

Click on photo below for
another rave from
Emmy Award-winning producer
Nancy Gunn!

CLICK ON PROMO CARD BELOW FOR RESUME

IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

If that's a question you've been asking yourself, then you've come to the right place. 

Click on the photo below for my interview with Tressa Haney on how to navigate getting older without crashing into the rocks!

      Hi, I'm Mariann Aalda! You may recognize me from more than 30 years of acting on TV with folks like Kirstie Ally, Naya Rivera, Redd Foxx, Della Reese, Meshach Taylor, John Ritter, Dennis Haysbert and Ernie Hudson...mostly in comedies, with a few major soap opera tragedies thrown in...including two extended stays in mental institutions(?!) on ABC's Edge of Night & NBC's Sunset Beach. There's lots of video clips on this website...feel free to explore and get your laugh -- and maybe even your cry -- on.  

     Cast in 1981 as criminal defense attorney DiDi Bannister on Edge of Night, I got to help raise the profile of women of color on TV as one of the first full-blown African-American soap opera heroines. These days, I'm helping to prosecute ageism with wit, wisdom, humor and heart. 

SAVE THE DATE! - DEC.12, 2019

Click below for more info. 

       Most recently, my alter ego, "Adult Sex-Ed Evangelist & Mojo Motivator, Dr. Ginger Peechee-Keane," has been dispensing her wit and wisdom about getting older and still getting your groove on in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, where she made box office history for selling out all of her performances TWICE after additional seats were added to the Convention Center venue.  Click on the link below to hear what audiences have had to say...

AT THE 2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL

   

Click below for more of my story...

 

What do I find so funny? Click below...

and then...

"We all know about the difficulties actresses face as they age — but what about ageism in comedy?  

Nine fabulous female comedians share their stories..."

I'm in great company...and get the last word (video). Click below...

   

 

and then...

Click below for my solo profile as an AARP #AgeDisruptor. Because that's what Badasses do...we DISRUPT! 

 

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          After graduating from Southern Illinois University with concentrations in Theatre & Journalism & NYC's prestigious Negro Ensemble Company theater training program (Laurance Fishburne and Robert Townsend were  classmates), I got my show biz start on the gritty streets of New York City doing bawdy sketch comedy and political satire with Off-Centre Theatre on a pull-down stage off the side of a seen-better-days moving van with a baby on my hip...and touring the country with the Boston improv troupe, The Proposition.  More than 30 years later, I've maintained my comedy chops, and expanded them into standup and performance art. Thanks to my young, rising star comedy co-stars like Calvin Evans and T-Murph, I've even made fans of Millenials with my improv comedy web series, "TALK TO ME, GINGER!" based on my performance art character "Dr. Ginger" from my live shows.  

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Click on the photos below for a peek into Dr. Ginger's World with...

"THE PREACHER                   &                   "THE PIMP"  

  

Ginger is now "in session" with the wacky clients she was forced to see as part of her community service  for nude sunbathing at Multnomah Falls National Park. These purloined tapes were stolen from her office and are being released online by a stalker until she agrees to go out with him.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL 25 EPISODES!

(totally improvised, btw)

 

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Mariann's Mission Statement

      Comedy or drama, thought-provoking or escapist entertainment...my objective remains the same: creating characters that audiences can identify with and telling a good story. Borrowing from sports parlance, my performance philosophy is: Go deep (emotionally) go long (unafraid to look foolish) or go home. (No sexual innuendo intended)

     I've been developing the character of "Dr. Ginger" in cabaret, sketch, improv and theater productions since 2005.  In 2013, I was selected to workshop my solo show, Occupy Your Vagina! at NYC's Dixon Place, the Tony-Award winning incubator for cutting-edge theater. John Leguizamo, Alan Cumming and BD Wong honed their solo shows there. I went on to bring that show to New Orleans, Chicago and Los Angeles, where I workshopped it again and it morphed into Getting' Old Is a Bitch...But I'm Gonna Wrestle That Bitch to the Ground! 

    "Dr. Ginger" keeps growing and changing as I continue to grow and change.  We're BOTH writing books and "Dr. Ginger" often makes guest appearances with me on the speaker's circuit in addition to her 75-min. solo show.  She's got lots more stories to tell so there may even be a follow-up show.  We'll see...