“Drought” – A Tsunami of Talent

“To support —

To enjoy —

To ingest —

To forget…”

By Ernest Kearney — Poetess-songsmith-performer Kate Radford places the above entreaties near the opening of her show Drought.

The first three are easily done.

The fourth impossible.

Drought is a lissome haunting poem that serves as a tonal indictment of our society’s sick tonicity of sexism and sexual abuse. Radford is a seanchaí in the truest sense of the word, employing the “old lore” to question the issues of our present day.

Her songs are intoxicating and stirring, filled with phrasing of staggering beauty –

“Her feet connecting to the carbon of the ground…”

“She gazed up at the horizon and moved towards the sea…”

“Nobody tells you who you’ll be after you drown….”

Radford and Co-Producer Shoshannah Frankel have given the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 a work of Platinum Medallyricism and challenge in Drought, an intense melding of myth and song, extraordinarily personal, uniquely entertaining and superbly performed.

A PLATINUM MEDAL


Drought is playing during  Fringe 2019 at

Studio C (Studio C)

6448 Santa Monica Blvd.

For Tickets and Show Information Go To: http://hff19.org/6025

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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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