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Pervert: A Plunge into Political Corruption

“Pervert,” Writer, Director Giovanni Zuniga

By Ernest Kearney  —  Writer/director Giovanni Zuniga has succeeded in pulling a rabbit outa his hat.

A great big huge rabbit!

Playwrights seldom knock one out of the stadium, their first time at bat, but that is what Zuniga has done with Pervert.

His play has echoes of Ring Lardner’s 1916 short story Champion, which was made into the 1949 Mark Robson, now classic, film of the same title with Kirk Douglas.   But whereas Lardner’s short story focused on corruption in the sports world, Pervert is a political drama set in the L.A. of today.

But the themes are the same, corruption feeds on corrupting.

Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionTitus Freeman (Robert Watkins) is a union leader attempting to win a Senate seat, and neither his young wife Mina Freeman (Gabrielle Farrow), nor his family Colt (Nick Howard) will stand in his way.

Pervert offers stark insights not only into the means of manipulation employed by some, but also the justification they apply to rationalize their methods.   A standout cast and strong direction by Zuniga made this one of the surprise of the Fringes for me and very bright GOLD MEDAL.

 

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Pervert

has been selected for a Fringe Extension!!

Date of Play

Sunday, July 15 2018, 6:30 pm

Venue

Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
(SFS Theatre mainstage)
5636 Melrose Ave


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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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