A feminist farce about the severity of frustration a young woman feels when she realizes her date will not stop talking. Feeling invisible and infuriated, she goes to drastic lengths for his attention.

You can view Frankie Keeps Talking at Women in Cinema in San Francisco July 29th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

Annabelle is an actress and filmmaker residing in Brooklyn, NY. A recent graduate of NYU Gallatin and recipient of five production grants, Annabelle has helmed six short films and two plays as a writer, director, actor, and producer. In addition to filmmaking, Annabelle assisted award-winning casting director Avy Kaufman throughout her last three years as an undergraduate, and spent the past two years studying under renowned acting coach Bob Krakower as one of his master students.

Notable acting credits include a recurring role in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” (Cinemax), a series regular role in Rodrigo Garcia’s “Bull” (CBS), and a supporting role in Vikram Gandhi’s “Barry” (BlackBear Pictures). She is represented by Rhonda Price at The Gersh Agency.

Director Statement

Over the summer, I both experienced and politely eavesdropped on ostensibly the same unfortunate date, unfortunate for the same reason. Both men, who seemed otherwise charming and intelligent, had the tendency to ‘manologue’.

Unlike monologue, the manologue is exclusively male, and has become endemic to hetero-dating culture. It is a proffering of words unsolicited, an expounding upon questions unasked, with a never-ending pattern of ‘circling back’ to a previous, self-made point.

Naturally, every manologue needs a set of lady ears to endure it. After being ceaselessly talked over, talked at, talked down to, the woman will often surrender to an evening of diplomatic head-nodding, transformed into a human sounding board.

But in that case, does she even really need to be there? If she turned away from him, would he continue talking? What about if she spilled her coffee on herself? Or hurled her chair across the room? Or started having sex with a bystander? Or set fire to the cafe?

Frankie Keeps Talking is a farcical realization of these imagined acts, all of which stem from a desire to be seen.