Excited to get to talk about my play ELECTRICITY and juicy subtopics like love and nudity and lots more with my lovely pal Sheena Metal and my dear friend and director Steve Rosenbaum making his radio debut. Click on button to listen and skip ahead to 1 hour 4 minute mark--that's when Steven and I join Sheena for the second hour of her show.
I wanted to share what one audience member, Richard Hammer, wrote to his club after seeing ELECTRICITY. For people to see themselves in the story is what we're all striving for when sharing a new piece of theater. None of us associated with the show know Richard Hammer. As the playwright his comments are a gift.
As many of you know you will often find me sitting on the patio with my fellow CalCom buddies at Aroma Café on Tujunga Avenue in Studio City on Tuesday evenings. Last night however I found myself back on Tujunga on a Saturday night sitting in a cozy comfortable darkened store front theater located just a few feet away from Aroma …watching my life unfold on the stage in front of me.
The play is entitled Electricity. It is performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 14 at the Two Roads Theater, 4348 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
Folks…Run. Don’t walk. to see this show. It is powerful. It is funny. It is devastating. It is uplifting. It is transformative.
Personally, for me, it was also cathartic. I felt as though I had stepped into a time machine. The play begins in 1983, which happens to be the year I arrived in Los Angeles, and shuttles the audience through several decades as two men attempt to come to grips with who they are. what they want out of life and what they want from each other. They are strong. They are weak. They are brave. They are scared. They have every right to be. The 80s and 90s were scary times. I ought to know. I was there.
There was a reveal in the second scene that…..well, let me just say this. What I witnessed on the stage was something that I have not seen in real life in about 20 years. It was something I saw often back in the 80’s and 90’s. When I saw it again on stage last night I think I stopped breathing for a second. A second later I was laughing again. (There were many moments of bittersweet laughter for me.)
I am not a reviewer and I’m not here to critique. I simply wanted to share a theater experience and make a recommendation so forgive me Terry Ray and Kevin Scott Allen for not praising your remarkable performances.
Folks, Go see this.