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“Do You: Migration of the Monarchs” Opens the Floodgates to Enter the Mind

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Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney — Do You: Migration of the Monarchs is a dazzling concept conveyed in a visually rich language, not a play as much as a pageantry of images, song and dance.  Divided into segments with such titles as Pre-show Geisha, Bath of Dionysus, and Prizm this performance piece manages to be tantalizing and perplexing, but never, never boring.

At the center is director/performer/costume designer Yozmit Walker, whose ideas and concepts flood off the stage Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionand awash the audience in style and color, and while this is the strength of the show, it is also its primary fault.  Yozmit has gathered some amazing talents about her – Simone Nibbs, Peter Lane, Joseph Reynolds, Zoe Elkin – but she seems reluctant to share the stage with them.

A GOLD MEDAL.

 

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A Hollywood Fringe Scholarship 2017 Award Winner

For Additional Information go to: www.yozmit.com

 


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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. After a wild and misspent youth, which lasted well into middle age, Kearney has settled down and is focusing on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. Ernest's stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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