Al FINE, This Titanic Doesn’t Sink

By Ernest Kearney ­­– All I was expecting from Al Fine(Italian meaning: “to the end,”) a ten-minute show about “the final moments of the musicians on the Titanic,” was a group of actors on stage going “glub-glub-glub” as they threw ice cubes at the audience. Curtain.

To my surprise, I found a playlet that despite its brevity was more intelligently crafted and historically honest than an overly produced full-length drama which I won’t name.[1] 

The iceberg has ripped open the Titanic side, dooming the vessel.  The five musicians of the ship’s orchestra (played by Arihanth Z. Kalaga, Payne Harris, Colin Breslin, Ethan Rockwell and Jacob Collard) are confronted by their limited and dire choices: try to escape the inevitable or accept their fate and play to comfort the passengers as the crew tries to get them safely aboard the lifeboats. 

Playwright Lauren Raymond has placed all the required bases in her succinct script and Director Collard has seen to it that all his actors tag them as they run the diamond. 

A ten-minute play is creative fast food, but nevertheless Al Fine is mighty tasty. 

[1] I lied, “The Whipping Boy” by Matthew Lopez



During the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024


The Broadwater (Second Stage)

6320 Santa Monica Blvd.


Wednesday June 19 2024, 8:00 PM | 10 mins

Friday June 28 2024, 5:00 PM | 10 mins

Ernest Kearney - author


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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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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