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“Skin Jobs” Presents Hard Questions—No Easy Answers

Writer, Jim Vejvoda (HFF18)

By Ernest Kearney  —  Skin Jobs by Jim Vejvoda is a short indictment of the undercurrent of racism still in Hollywood. Vejvoda has drawn on his time as a journalist, covering the entertainment industry, to create a tight and timely tale of Kerri (Virginia Tran); a young Asian CGI artist who has been  Skin Jobs by Jim Vejvoda is a short indictment of the undercurrent of racism still in Hollywood. Vejvoda has drawn on his time as a journalist, covering the entertainment industry, to create a tight and timely tale of Kerri (Virginia Tran); a young Asian CGI artist who has been, primarily, a “digital beautician.” Working for a major company, she regularly utilizes her expertise by making the elite of Hollywood look thinner or buffer.

But now she is seeking a larger assignment. She wants to work on a project where they plan to digitally alter a very white starlet to play the lead in a film based on

Performer, Virginia Tran (HFF18)

a graphic novel with very Asian heroine.  In opposition to this is Kerri’s longtime friend Viv (Claire Fazzolari) “a geek with a soapbox,” who writes for an entertainment magazine and threatens to expose the attempt.

Vejvoda’s script is intelligent and rings true.  Director Lee Costello has done fine work in shuffling his actresses about a stage that is a tad too small.Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

Tran skillfully conveys both the anguish and anger of her character making the audience appreciate the rock-and-hard-place in which many talented souls-of-color can find themselves when placed in the Hollywood of today.

For the intelligence of the script and raising an issue of whom few are aware, as well as Tran’s strong performance: a GOLD MEDAL.

 

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Skin Jobs

Is Playing During the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018

at

The Broadwater

1078 Lillian Way

Final Show is: Wednesday, June 20th @ 6:30pm

For Complete Show Information, Tickets and Reservations Go To

http://hff18.org/5132


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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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