‘Sonnets From Suburbia’ – A Little Bard in the Night

By Ernest Kearney  —  Lady Penelope (Writer/Performer Penny Peyser) prances out on stage in her Elizabethan gown and red Kid sneakers.  Apparently, during our long national quarantine, she was perfectly snug with her cat, composing sonnets while in blissful solitude.

Lady Penelope abhors modern free verse, lamenting “A poem without a rhyme is like a chip without a dip.”  But iambic pentameter, which was her delight, becomes her bane as she must reemerge into the world sans poetry if she wants to reunite with her estranged son.

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

This aspect of the show seems like a late addition, only put in place in adherence to some Robert McKee tenet.  Peyser is very entertaining in reciting her poetry and showing her proficiency on the ukulele.  That would have been just fine.

For Peyser herself a Silver Medal.

Learn More at the6thact.com.


Sonnets From Suburbia playing during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre (SFS Theatre mainstage) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Sonnets From Suburbia Show Information, and Tickets Click HERE.


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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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