‘BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOL’: Zelda Fitzgerald in 1,800 Seconds

By Ernest Kearney – Zelda Fitzgerald was more than merely the wife of Author F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She was an icon of early feminism, an author, an artist, her husband’s muse and the Eagles’ inspiration for “Witchy Woman.”

The one-woman show Grace Olivia Ruble wrote is well-crafted and touches on the larger issues of Fitzgerald’s life.   From the show’s outset, the crackle and pop of something burning quickly ebbs over the scene as Fitzgerald’s fate stalks her.

Professionalism hones Ruble’s performance and shines forth from her attention to detail and the wisdom in having Siobhan Doherty as her director.  Ruble captures both the glamour and allure that Fitzgerald possessed and engages the audience with ease.  The only flaw in her performance was the lack of that intense dynamism that all who knew Fitzgerald commented on, a dynamism that in time hinted at the schizophrenia to come. 


Beautiful Little Fool

Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024

Art of Acting Studio (Blackbox)

1017 North Orange Drive

Friday June 14 2024, 9:30 PM | 30 mins

Wednesday June 19 2024, 7:30 PM | 30 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 TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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