‘Cassandra’ – A Musical Myth Mishandled

By Ernest KearneyCassandra has a good deal going for it. The notion of creating a musical about the tragic heroine of Greek myth Cassandra employing the music of Patti Smith is immediately intriguing. The staging is successfully assisted by the light design of Gregory Crafts, the Grecian masks by Jonathan Becker and some exceptional animation taken from the motifs of Greek vases that serve as background credited to Panoly.

The book of the piece by Anthea Carns is entertaining and informative, assuring us that “No life is small, they’re all the size of the world.”

Unfortunately, only ThurZday Lyons, in the role of Cassandra, and Hannah Howzdy, who does double duty as one of the three fates and Queen Clytemnestra, manage to perform up to the vocal demands of the concept.

And with the exception of ThurZday, both the direction and the acting is sadly on the lackluster side.


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Is Playing During Hollywood Fringe 2022



520 N. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Saturday June 18 2022, 8:30 PM

Sunday June 19 2022, 1:00 PM

Saturday June 25 2022, 2:00 PM

(all performances will be streamed)

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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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