‘The Undiscovered Country…’ A Return Ticket from a One Way Trip

By Ernest Kearney Larry Davidson’s one-man show, The Undiscovered Country – A Skeptic’s Guide to the Afterlife is rife with gimmicks – puppets, magic tricks, Judge “Jewry,” multi-medium, tarot cards and audience participation.

Some of it works, most of it doesn’t.

What does work, and works very well, is Davidson himself.

And the show works best when it is just him, telling us about an event we all will face sooner or later, and telling us with a sincerity and wry humor that wins us over right from the start.

A teacher, well into middle age, Davidson never dreamt he’d write and perform in a solo show at the Hollywood Fringe.

And then on June 21, 2019 he died.

But he got better.

This is the core of Davidson’s story: his near-death experience and how it changed his world.

He is, in many ways, an “everyman.”

And his show is at its strongest when it’s him, the truth and death.


Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

The Undiscovered Country – A Skeptic’s Guide to the Afterlife

Played During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022



Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046


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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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