The Girl who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign—Final Fringe Show

By Ernest Kearney — Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017At times, I feel I do a disservice to the remarkable talents that it is my sincere honor to be so fortunate to enjoy here at the Fringe. Trying to balance a production of my own and rack up as many other offerings as I can, is somewhat overwhelming at times and I can’t manage to climb up to the mountain top to shout out my praise for those deserving it.

One of the most deserving shows to have suffered from my overtaxed schedule is The Girl who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign, an intimate and intelligent assessment of the perils of the siren call of fame. Platinum Medal

Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone, under the direction of Vince Fusco, the audience joins a Peg Entwistle wannabe as she teeters precariously perched on the top of the Hollywood sign looking down at her impermanence and that of fame. It was a stellar performance.

Forgive the tardiness of this review, but take from it a PLATINUM MEDAL.


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The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Final Fringe 2017 Date for “The Girl” at
Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, June 22, 2017 — 8:00 pm

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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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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