‘Mr. Malcolm’s Music Factory’ – Music for the Young Masses

By Ernest Kearney — Legendary rocker Joe Cocker was being interviewed once very early in his career when the BBC reporter asked him what he would have done if he hadn’t become a musician, and Cocker answered in that gritty voice of his, “I would have killed someone.”

The BBC reporter glibly laughed and asked, “No, truly, what would you have done?”

Again, Cocker responded, “I would have killed someone.”

Again, the reporter laughed and again he repeated his question.

That BBC reporter was clueless, Matt Ritchey isn’t.

It would be impossible to estimate how much grief and sorrow this world has been spared because some individuals were fortunate enough to have the emotional release of the arts and music to turn to.

It’s easier to imagine how much suffering and sadness this world has had to endure because others were denied or never given access to the arts as a means of relief and liberation from our darker impulses and the tyrannies which life can inflict on us.

It’s easy because we can just turn on the news and catch the latest mass shooting at some school or in some night club.

So it is that Ritchey’s Mr. Malcolm’s Music Factory offers a possible bandage to young, wounded psyches.

Malcolm Moore is the titular “Mr. Malcolm,” and it is his factory that fills the musical needs of people around the globe.

“We grow beats on a tree,” he tells us, “And ship them off worldwide.”

He’s assisted in this by his puppet friends, a cat named Lord Boom Boom Stick (Victor Yerrid,) a weasel who answers to Willow (Nee Kirshman,) a perky lizard with the hefty moniker of Saandewanda (Christian Anderson,) and THE B.A.D.S. (Alan Heitz.)

Ritchey’s show is a clever conceit that combines an education to the basic elements of musical composition, an introduction to the global musical styles and most important of all the value and potency of music for smoothing a troubled mind. Even if that troubled mind belongs to a six-year-old.

A highly successful joining of the educational and the entertaining for a GOLD MEDAL.

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Mr. Malcolm’s Music Factory

Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022



(The Broadwater) The Second Stage
at The Broadwater | 6324 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038


Saturday June 4, 11:00 AM | 45 mins
Saturday June 11, 11:00 AM | 45 mins
Saturday June 18, 2:00 PM | 45 mins
Saturday June 25, 2:30 PM | 45 mins
Sunday June 26, 11:00 AM | 45 mins


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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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