Hollywood Fringe Diary

Hollywood Fringe 2016The Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Week One Diary—Part III is all about the Bard who is nicely represented this year with a number of works, these are a few that just struck my interest:




From Great Britain, or as it’s known nowadays Britain, Ryan J-W Smith brings this skewing of the Scottish play, described as “Shakespeare meets Monty Python in this hilarious” as well as a trunk full of awards from other theatre festivals including “The International Award” from last year’s Hollywood Fringe. The buzz about this production is not only good; it’s good in iambic pentameter.

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From Great Britain, or as it’s known nowadays Britain, Ryan J-W Smith bring – HEY! Wait a second we’ve done this! Well, it seems ol’ J-W is a bit of an overachiever. This is his second offering in the Fringe, another verse play of his own devising which promises “Verse, Tights, Codpiece, Lights!”

Interested in learning more? Click HERE or HERE!




A recently divorced teacher, in the midst of a nervous breakdown, is given the assignment of directing the spring play at Dawson Middle School. He decides to stage Shakespeare’s most beloved and light hearted work…. Oops! Forget the “beloved and light hearted” crap; he’s going to direct Titus Andronicus. Rape, hand chopping off, cannibalism and pre-teens which is a potent mix if you ask me. Written and Directed by Troy Heard.

Interested in learning more? Click HERE or HERE!



A long, long time ago somewhere between the death of the last dinosaur and when Ann Coulter crawled out of the primordial ooze, three young actors – Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield – wrote and performed a very funny little farce called The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The trio now wears suits of woven gold, their shoes are chiseled from diamonds, they use hundred dollar bills as TP, throw away their domestics after one use and reside in ivory castles that dwarf those of the Rhine. (Except for Long he bought Iceland). It is a very funny play and has made them richer than Auric Goldfinger and Scrooge McDuck combined. This production offers an all female cast. Tracy Eliott, Patty Jean Robinson, Anna Quirino Miranda with Hallie Cooper at the directing helm.

Interested in learning more? Click HERE or HERE!



Two men and two women romp through the bard’s most libidinous scenes with the audience picking every night which actor will play which role in a gender [expletive deleted] orgy.

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In this adaptation by director Rachel Lynn Walker, the Dane will be doing his brooding in the 1940s, Claudius isn’t a king but the “head of the family” and the “kingdom” being struggled over is just a mere speck in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas. Raymond Chandler meets Bill Shakespeare, the rest is noir.

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Hamlet before it was Hamlet. DW McCann’s notion of Shakespeare pitching this wild idea for a play to his first investors, while “Hamlet” tries to learn his role.

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Vanzu Khonsu, (aka Jovan Rameau) explores the nature of “time” as viewed through the works of the world’s greatest writers from Sophocles on. And of course, Shakespeare. Directed by Inger Tudor.

Interested in learning more? Click HERE or HERE!

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Click HERE for Fringe Week One—Part IV


EDITOR’S NOTE: The close of Preview Week brings us to the inaugural opening of The Hollywood Fringe which includes eats, drinks and “the grand reveal of Fringe Central” and, of course, the Plays!!


Date: Wednesday, June 8

Time: 7pm (doors open)

Where: 6510 Santa Monica Blvd

Admittance is your Fringe Button, very reasonably priced at five dollars at the door (3 dollars for participants, primary contacts have gratis status). Please note, if you purchase online now, you can avoid a ticket que on the night.

The Fringe reports that:

“The infamous Bryan’s Bar is back! Home to cheap drinks for those wearing a Fringe button and full of good times for all. To soak up the booze, get your grub on at a partnering food truck pulled right up to the patio.”

Yay! What’s not to love? Welcome to June indeed!

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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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