By Ernest Kearney — For his first Fringe show, Carter Breeden-Villacorta comes off looking like an “Old Pro.”

Presenting himself as an exceedingly fright-plagued child who feared falling down the drain of the kitchen sink and who was terrified beyond words of the dark when he learned murder was real, Carter ponders from where his affinity for those beasts of the most awesome beastliness, the Kodiak bear, arose.

He follows the psychological breadcrumbs back to “Rodger.”  The small stuffed bear given to him at age eight by his mother, and with whom he shares his stage.

What unfolds after this is an impressive and exceptionally entertaining history of the Ursus arctos, from their first appearance five million years ago in the late Miocene period to their protected status on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska today.

Carter hits a perfect balance between the natural history lesson he offers and the personal revelations he uncovers and, along the way, you can even look forward to a couple of choreographed musical interludes such as Carter’s torch song rendering of a ditty entitled “I’m Just a Bear in the Body of a Man.

I really did not know what to expect walking into Carter Talks About Kodiak Bears, but walking out I left with a new performer who I sincerely hope becomes a permanent part of the Fringe family.


Carter Talks About Kodiak Bears

Playing During the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024


The Broadwater (Second Stage)

6320 Santa Monica Blvd.

Sunday June 23 2024, 3:00 PM | 45 mins

Wednesday June 26 2024, 5:00 PM | 45 mins

Saturday June 29 2024, 10:30 PM | 45 mins


For Additional Information and Tickets Go To: www.hollywoodfringe.org

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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