A Mellifluous Morality Tale in “Clark Wade – A Jazzy Tragedy”

By Ernest Kearney — It is exceedingly challenging for artists from outside Los Angeles, with no local “boots on the ground,” to hit the terra firma of Santa Monica Boulevard running. This is one reason I try to attend as many international shows, participating in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, as I can.


The problem can also be faced by productions coming in from other cities in this nation. Made For Each Other, a wonderful show from New York jumps to mind. Another show that faced this same hurdle is Clark Wade – A Jazzy Tragedy.

Written and performed by Esquizito (aka EP Perez), a self-described “New Orleans son,” this one-man show is a stylish recounting of the rise and fall of Clark Wade, one of the Big Easy legendary “Gentlemen of Leisure.”

Drawn from the books Bourbon Street Black and A Life In Jazz by the great Jazz musician Danny Barker (1909 – 1994), Esquizito captures the historical setting of the town which like L.A. was in the United States but never really part of it.

The story shimmers like a tale of Scheherazade, evoking a lost time and nearly mystical place, which Esquizito conveys with the silken tempo of a sleek cat wandering through a desert mirage. The show is solid SILVER, but Esquizito’s elegant and ethereal performance, on stage at The Complex Hollywood during HFF 2019, raises Clark Wade – A Jazzy Tragedy to –Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution


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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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