‘The Tanner’ – Epic History Told from the Front Line

By Ernest KearneyAlex McSherry takes his clue from Historian John Keegan’s classic work The Face of Battle, in his rousing narration of the battles of William Wallace (Braveheart) as told from a common foot soldier’s viewpoint. McSherry manages to weave the comic with the repulsive from start to finish.

It is remarkable to watch McSherry, as the old tanner some twenty years after the ending of the First War of Scottish Independence, resurrect the warrior raging with bloodlust from the memories he recounts.

And the brutal history he relates is certainly an antidote for those tainted by Mel Gibson’s chest pounding fairy tale Braveheart.


Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

The Tanner

is playing during Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022


Where: The Broadwater Black Box
6322 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Friday, June 10, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 18, 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 p.m.

Running Time: 60 minutes – Ages 16+

TICKETS: $15.00



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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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