‘MEL MCGLENSEY IS MOTORBOAT’—She’s a Naughty Little Engine, She is….

By Ernest Kearney — Take Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel Lolita, replace the titular blond “nymphet” with Thomas, the cartoon train, then cast Betty Boop to play him – viola!  You’ve got “Mel McGlensey is Motorboat.”

McGlensey, in her perky little sailor suit, is a saucy, silly and consistently delightful precocious little motorboat who’s tired of always being tied to the dock by “Captain Daddy.”  McGlensey conveys an infectious innocence as she slips her mooring to venture out into the real world, and with McGlensey’s engaging performance and comic chops in tow, any audience will enjoy the cruise.


Mel McGlensey is Motorboat

Played During The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024

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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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