‘Five Years In Amsterdam’ – De Slaaf Van Het Lot*

By Ernest Kearney  —  You could say Brendan Hunt’s tale of leaving Chicago — as a somewhat nerdish, unsophisticated American so wet behind the ears that professional surfers could barrel ride off his targi and travel to the distant realm of — is, very, similar to the adventures of Dorothy in The Marvelous Land of Oz.

Well, except there was no yellow brick road, just lots of bicycles. And the Munchkins didn’t get Dorothy into kinky sex…or do tons of drugs and – okay, scratch that!  Brendan and Dorothy’s adventures have nothing in common! 

Brendan’s side-splitting account of the five years he spent in Amsterdam ricochets from the absurd to the slapstick with the keen observations and cutting wit that harkens back to Mark Twain’s 1869 classic The Innocent Abroad, well except for a ton of drugs and all the kinky – okay, forget Twain!

Hunt takes his audience along on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, down Alice’s rabbit hole with Hunter S. Thompson as his co-pilot, and William S. Burroughs in charge of the mid-flight snacks.

Platinum Medal

And while his tale is wildly funny and blindingly bizarre, at times, Hunt manages to keep his audience engage and on his side through it all by always keeping that lovable Windy City dweeb along on the ride.

A Platinum Medal.

De Slaaf Van Het Lot….[1]


Five Years in Amsterdam playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
The Broadwater (Main Stage) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Five Years in Amsterdarm Show Information, and Tickets Click HERE.




[1] “The slave of fate and destiny.”

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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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