“Last night I had the honor to be part of Shannon Christenson Milliman’s “Not So Supernova,” a one-woman show she’d written and performed in. Lately, I’ve been observing how deep people are willing to explore and dig to unearth their own creative expressions and I’m in awe of Shannon’s heart! It takes some brave hearts willing to lose themselves into their truer Selves, and see what derives merely from immersing, honoring and allowing their own artistic process.
Shannon’s creation was simply brilliant. The story’s about the jagged edges and stardust of motherhood, life decisions we make as women, roads that get split and differences between those roads we don’t take and the ones we ultimately do, about self-reflection, fear of failure, regrets, and as a mother of five children, doing the best we can in this life.
The writing (revealed through real life journal entries) was funny, honest, insightful, smart, and left enough room to contemplate for one’s Self in between the thought spaces. To reveal and share the innermost spirit of one’s Self is a gift for those those who receive it, and a spare form of authentic bravery. As I sat in the audience, I just kept thinking about how much I admired Shannon for her expressive bravery.
Then, there was the whole acting component, to be alone, on a stage, bearing those expressions. That’s a whole other level of emotional creative heroism. Shannon’s an honest and passionate actress who uses her full body to convey an entire range of unnameable yet relatable emotions. She was composed, graceful and accessible.
For now, Not So Supernova was a one-night-only performance. I’m thankful I was on the invite list and there to share such an organic exchange of art, admiration and inspiration. Congratulations, Shannon!” – Janna Lopez, President Magazine Makeover
“Not So Supernova!!! I literally laughed out loud many times throughout this hilarious look into the life of a Woman, Wife, Mother, Creative, Executive and “pull up your bootstraps, do what you gotta do” kind of gal! The small peeks into her innocent, daydreaming, boy-crazed or love-dazed adolescent years brought back memories of my own. I laughed, I sighed, I teared up and I felt every ounce of the joy, pain, admiration, frustration, sadness and pure love Shannon Christenson Milliman displayed on the stage. Her quirky, exuberant sense of humor and liveliness mixed with charisma and a wonderful control of voice was very amusing and engaging. This was a realistic version of life and all the raw emotions that come with living.
Thank you Shannon for having me and gracing the stage with all your talent, vulnerability and wisdom. You are an inspiration! Safe travels to the next stop and I wish you continued success with this one-woman play and the juggle struggle of living life as a woman and the many hats we wear!” Nneka D. Coxeff, Black Lace + Pearls editor in chief
“Not So Supernova, a one woman show, brave and courageous synapses of her life. Facing the difficulties, challenges and quirks with love, honesty, on the extreme levels of creativity. A must see!” Chin Mayo Ricketts, Heal the World with Music and Art
“Shannon Milliman’s One Woman Show was a thought provoking and emotionally charged look into the details of life – her life. Her’s is a life filled with glorious ups and downs through the very real moments that many of us have experienced as women. During some parts of the play, I was relating, during other parts, I was genuinely feeling like I was experiencing something for the first time. It was honest. It was raw. It was heartfelt. At the end, I sincerely wanted to keep watching her life unfold. I look forward to a sequel in 15 years as she continues to write her story through the next chapters of her life. – Brandy Nelson, Nurturing With Nutrition
“Real life comedy filled with real life drama.” – Ryan Nelson, Automotive Industry
“This incredibly engaging look at one woman’s life speaks openly of things in the dark corners of love, marriage and raising children. Heartbreakingly humorous, Milliman has the audiences in tears through the good the bad and the hilarious. A truly impressive solo performance done with great energy and total commitment.” – Joe Rizzo KSRM News
“It was a delightful experience watching Shannon Milliman perform her completely fresh and original “Not so Supernova” play. Her presence and energy completely pulls you in and her personal, unfiltered satirical slice of an experienced remarkable life brings smiles, laughter and surprise at her raw honesty. She is gifted and a natural. Not a puffed up actress. Not to be missed. You will be completely surprised and lifted up a big notch in appreciation for the good and beautiful things in life.” – Scott Nokleby, Marketing Executive
“Shannon is fearless in revealing her innermost thoughts and feelings about some of the events in her life. Her sense of humor invites others to see the world from her unique point of view and to think differently about their own life lessons learned. She is a wonderful story teller!” – Colleen Bourassa, NuSkin
“As I walked out of the building, wiping the tears from my eyes I had to let you know that I absolutely loved it. I’m going to go home and hug my son now.” – Derek Pangelinan, Derek Rey Consulting
“Fantastic. Physically you had excellent use of stage, body movement, and props. Artistically, your use of tone and storytelling was right on! And your message was vulnerable, brave, raw, relatable. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.” – Kendra Pink, Strategist