‘The Great Wildcat Jackson’ — Entertaining Flash from the Past

By Ernest Kearney — The golden era of the sideshow maybe sadly gone, but you wouldn’t know that from watching Fred Blanco’s skillfully crafted homage to those once fundamental features of any circus, boardwalk or county fair.

In his big personality persona of The Great Wildcat Jackson, Blanco captures the art form to perfection fusing the comical and freakish elements that were meant to lure the crowds onto the boardwalk or into the big tent.

His show is only a half hour of gags and magic and groaners, but Blanco’s dexterity in delivering them and his appreciation of a once great fading art form deserves…


Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution


Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022



The Wren Theater @ The Irish Import Shop (Main Space)
742 Vine Street

Final Performance

Saturday June 25 2022, 4:00 PM

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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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