Awkward But Graceful

Inspired by the sitcom "The Golden Girls" Nataša packs her bags and naively embarks on a journey from the Austrian countryside to America. Her dreams of making it in show business are challenged as she's exploited in Los Angeles and becomes homeless in Washington Heights before making a decision that alters her life. Written & Performed by Nataša Warasch from New York, NY Directed by Joe Paradise

Nataša Warasch (writer, performer) studied drama at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute under the tutelage of Robert Castle.   She has appeared in several NYC theater productions, including Jean-Paul Satre’s No Exit, New York Times editor Ken Jaworowski, noted “Nataša brought a fresh spin to the role of the Valet, creating a seductive tease rather than a perfunctory caretaker.”

In 2004 she conceived her highly personal film, Weight which she co-wrote, produced, and starred in.  Weight screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner.  In 2009 Nataša produced the documentary Jobsite which screened at the Big Sky Film Festival, and in 2014 she co-wrote, produced and starred opposite Paul Calderon in the feature film, Grand Slammed.

As a stand up comedian, Nataša has made numerous appearances at Broadway Comedy Club and Q.E.D.

In 2016 Nataša will be be performing in Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and John Nizzari’s Temporary Light at Dixon Place.


Joe Paradise (director) first studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with the great Sanford Meisner.  Joe’s enthusiasm in living is actors and the art of acting.  His awards include: “Best actor” at the Avordois Film Festival in France for “Deadly Obsession,”  the Dramalogue Award in LA for “Distinguished Achievement in Directing,” and an LA  Drama Critic Award nomination for Best Director for his direction of “Trilogy Blue” (he lost to Mike Nichols). 

He’s directed or taught or coached nine actors who won or were nominated for the Academy Award, the Tony or Emmy.  He’s directed four plays for The Actor’s Studio, his most noteworthy being “One Day Wonder” starring the late and very missed James Gandolfini, and “Death of a Salesman” starring Rudy Bond. As an actor and as a director he has worked intensely in Regional theater and off Broadway.  In 2011 and 2012 he directed five world premieres.  He played Chief Barry in the Robert DeNiro produced “Prison Song” which was seen by 35 million viewers on BET.  Joe also produced the film Urban Jungle. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. His private classes have produced a Who’s Who of American Actors.



Carmen Nikae (artistic director) is an NYC based actress. After obtaining a masters degree in theater performance, she moved to New York and began studying at The Barrow Group. She has also worked with Theatre 68, a company that fosters actors, writers, and directors and participated in their short play festival as an actor.

Her most recent credits include Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries and Samantha in Uncommon Women. She is thrilled to be working with Natasa on her one-woman show! Find out more at






Millie Gillana (graphic designer) is also an actor, which heavily influences her design style. Her designs feel personal and honor the integrity of the story. She is currently works as a headshot photographer and graphic designer at American Narcissist. See more of her work at

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