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Comic one-woman show to share lighter side of doing global good

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SURRY -  Zoe Weil, humane educator, author and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) in Surry, will perform her one-woman show, 'My Ongoing Problems With Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,' on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Rd.

Weil uses personal stories and a delightful wit to admit that living according to the MOGO (MOst GOod) principle to do the most good and least harm to herself, other people, animals and the environment can present unexpectedly humorous hurdles. The performance will resonate with everyone who has found themselves in the wrong lane while trying to do the right thing.

As representative of an organization that advocates choices for the greater good, Weil is expected to behave consistently beyond reproach. 'Everyone strives to be kind, but for most of us, it's not in our job description,' she said.

In addition to co-founding IHE and its unique online graduate programs, Weil is the author of several books, including Nautilus Silver Medalwinner 'Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life.' She has written numerous articles on humane education and humane living; speaks frequently and leads workshops across the United States, Canada and overseas; and has been interviewed in such publications as 'Forbes' magazine. She has also presented the acclaimed TED talks "The World Becomes What You Teach" and 'Solutionaries.' In 2012, Weil was honored with the award for Women in Environmental Leadership from Unity College.

"With healthy doses of wit, candor and insight, Zoe Weil shows us just how tricky and funny it can be, attempting to live as a full-time compassionate citizen on this wonderful, complicated planet,' said Kurt Schmidt, organizer of the show's international debut in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly, creator of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series, said, 'Zoe Weil's one-woman show is comedy at its most poignant and generous. The fun she makes is of herself, her own vulnerabilities, ambitions and ideals. And the result, while very funny, is both educational and forgiving as we struggle to make the world a better place.'

The show, open to the public, is directed by Jen Shepard of Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit or


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