Photo by Austin Crowley
The Dry Years begins—as stories so often do—with an arrival. It begins the day a pair of lawyers showed up and started buying “useless land” for more than it was worth. By the time folks realized why, it was too late. The lawyers had stolen their water at the point of a pen and built an aqueduct to bleed them dry. Ten years later, this rural California community stands on the edge of collapse. That is until a stranger drives out of the desert, offering a solution to all their problems: Rain.
Inspired by the strange-but-true story of Charles Mallory Hatfield—Southern California’s most famous (and infamous) practitioner of the pseudoscience of rainmaking—this is a story about stories. The ones that are true, the ones that aren’t, and the ones that are somewhere in between. Taken from the website.
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Feb 4 – March 4, 2023
Exploring culture’s obsession with true-crime, LaShea Delaney’s Moniece Clark considers what makes
one woman more valuable than another in this weird and funny play that follows Moniece Clark, a woman who has vanished from a California desert town. Her sister, Mimi, must trace her whereabouts with the help of a burnt-out television detective and the online sleuth community that has never given up on Moniece’s case. Moniece Clark brings themes of feminism, race, intersectionality, and media bias to the fore, while examining elements of true crime TV, camming (as in cam girls), Law and Order: SVU, suburban sprawl, and the desert at night. Taken from the press release.
September 15 – October 2, 2022
Almanya Narula is an international actor, fight choreographer, dancer, and writer. She started her career in the entertainment industry at a young age where she was a child actor in various Bollywood films. She strives to advocate for women in the fight and entertainment industry and co-founded a comedy burlesque sword fighting troupe – ‘Sizzlings Swashbuckling Sisters, with the hopes of empowering women. In 2019, she became the first woman of color to be nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in Fight Choreography for Gary Kates’ ‘Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman.’ In 2016 she graduated with a B.A. in Theater/ Advanced Management (double majors) with Stage Combat & Voice Over (Double Minors) from Columbia College Chicago. In 2019 she graduated with an M.A. in New Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently enrolled at the Stella Adler: Art of Acting Professional Conservatory in Los Angeles. Taken from profile.
Aug 5 – 19, 2022
A searingly innovative and comedic take on an oft-told story, DI LADY DI eschews the fairytale glamor of the people’s princess to illuminate her struggles in a paternalistic society and dysfunctional family. Under pressure to sacrifice self and conform to oppressive external demands, the Queen of people’s hearts bravely relinquishes illusory dreams to emerge from her crucible-chrysalis as an empowered woman of influence, transcending celebrity and transforming the monarchy. DI LADY DI reveals what is under the looking glass, taking an unflinching gaze into the heart and mind of an icon in turmoil, evocatively expressing lessons learned from her private journey. Through beautiful, multi-layered harmonies and incisive lyrics, DI LADY DI celebrates the transformative possibilities of looking inward, overcoming familial trauma, and the ineffable power of a woman’s intuition. Taken from the website.
An important inspiring story of heroism that was left out of the history books.
Did you know that Indians played a vital part in the allied victory of WW2. Did you know that an Indian princess fought the Nazis?
Meet NOOR INAYAT KHAN, Sufi Royalty turned British spy, thorn in Hitlers side & the Gestapo’s worst nightmare.
Now cornered by the Nazis with nothing with death assured to her. In her final moments she will remind us who she is, why she matters and why she will always be in part of history. She fought alongside her enemy, the British to fight a greater threat – the evisceration of life as we know it. Taken from the website.
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A Terrible Show for Terrible People is a 45-minute physical comedy show with only 1 performer and 2 spoken words. If you like Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Benny Hill, this is the show for you! Taken from the website.
In the wee hours of the morning, two young, devoted Christian women find their faith in the Lord tested as they attempt to dispose of the evidence of a recent overzealous display of faith by feeding it to pigs housed on a rural farm. Caught in the act, these young women find the evening becomes progressively more complex, morbid and dangerous as they encounter test after test of both super and natural origin. Their attempts to assuage their God, explain away their actions, and save their own lives and souls, turns into a rollicking debate on faith, the afterlife, and the existence of the devil herself. Taken from the website.
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June 3 – 25,2022
A searing portrayal of the reality of the battles fought by the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace, as seen through the eyes of a common soldier (The Tanner). This stunning play shows the brutality of war and the heavy costs paid by the ordinary men and their families who choose to follow the leaders, nobles and clan chiefs into combat – in these instances, to win back their freedom from the oppressive forces of a foreign monarch. The macabre twist that ends the play speaks to the vengeance wrought by those who lose so much. Taken from the website.
June 15 – 25,2022
Though the show is a one man musical set within the walls of the fabled Atlantis & Vine, the full length version would find Steve returning to reclaim it just as a powerful figure is bent on razing to build a casino. Atlantis and Vine itself represents America….and the similarities between two super civilizations is immediate. One powerful and prolific self-made civilization rose into greatness, then swirled into the unwatched eye of catastrophic self-destruction… and the other …is edging toward that very same brink. Taken from the website.
June 5 – 24,2022
In this modern riff on Oscar Wilde’s classic, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Dorian becomes Lori Anne Green, a beautiful but naïve college grad recently recruited as the spokesmodel for the “Ever Young” line of cosmetics. Suddenly thrust into the spotlight, and under the very bad influence of her ad agency’s decadent director, Lori is slowly seduced into a hidden world where she determines to savor every debauched and divine experience her new double life now affords. In this edgy, witty, sexy, and darkly funny send-up, Steven Vlasak, the award-winning author of previous Hollywood Fringe Festival hits “Nights at the Algonquin Round Table” and “Disrobed,” sets out to roast our current culture’s obsession with celebrity and privilege, and the very real possibility that looks can kill, with the temptations that “being famous for being famous” offer to the personalities that we, perhaps, secretly think we wish we were. Taken from the website.
June 12 – 21,2022