‘MEDICINE WOMAN’ – A Yaqui way of Knowledge, But a lot Sexier

By Ernest Kearney — The Medicine Woman comes out among her audience passing out noise-makers, bells, poppers and the occasional twig of sage –

“From the astral earth is the ghetto –”

She sucks out the bad spirits from audience members –

“To cuddle with friends, magical, romantic or not –”

She cuddles and comments upon the “good health” of this member of her audience and then that member –

“Did you get your love down here in your Bermuda Triangle–?”

“Did a Jellyfish sting your leg and a penis piss on it to take care of the sting – ?”

“We were innocent in our mind’s hymen then – cherry pop.”

 And so, Veronica Osorio’s strange, sensual, and vivaciously sparkling show goes.

Don’t ask me to explain what I watched, just let me say it was bedazzling, bewildering and probably the “fringe-est” of the Fringe I’ve seen which left me confused and enraptured.


Medicine Woman

Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024

Los Angeles LGBT Center (Davidson / Valentini Theatre)

1125 North McCadden Place


Sunday June 30 2024, 7:30 PM | 55 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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