WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD… A Radioactive Immersive Farce for Our Time

By Ernest Kearney — A time warped backyard BBQ where the hot dogs and burgers come with extra strangeness and squirt of inanity to go along with the mustard and pickles.

In Welcome to the Neighborhood (HFF21), Bob and Cindy (Peter Fluet & Leigh Wulff) have decided after 17 months of quarantine following that silly little mishap with the testing of a nuclear missile that the radiation levels are acceptable enough to invite the neighborhood over for a 4th of July shindig.

There’s everything here to make this a memorable party: a dim-witted astronaut with party games, suburban floozies, a suspiciously missing wife, the government-appointed watchdog for subversives and Commies, and a shoot-out to the death to make America great again.

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)


Written by Scott Golden with assistance from Tiffany Asta and Kristen Boulé who also directs, Welcome to the Neighborhood is both weird and fun.

And the hot dogs were tasty too!

A Silver Medal.


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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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