ELECTRICITY Play Benefit & Holiday Soiree
ELECTRICITY the hit LGBT comedy/drama, starring TERRY RAY ("My Sister is So Gay") & MEL ENGLAND ("Best Day Ever"), is a unique theater experience. The immersive production, currently playing in a hotel room at INNdulge Palm Springs, is being presented for the first time in Los Angeles. Red carpet for this special one-time performance begins at 7:15 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM on Monday, December 18th, 2017. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit THE LAVENDER EFFECT's mission and programs. A Holiday Soiree with drinks and refreshments will follow the 90-minute performance. Limited $5 Parking is available at 1110 N Western Blvd., LA, CA 90029
ELECTRICITY will launch THE LAVENDER EFFECT's "Queerstory Performance Series" in what's called Immersive Theater, which places the audience in the same space as the performers. Walls are gone between the audience, the actors, and the action. The experience begins at a High School Reunion. Audience members check in to the reunion and are given a character name. Then the audience is led into Gary and Brad's hotel room as the play unfolds.
ELECTRICITY explores the journey of two gay men who hook up in a motel room after their tenth high school reunion in a small town in Ohio. Gary is so closeted that he hides behind an invented a wife, and Brad is so reckless that he kills his pain with sex, drugs, and alcohol. Despite their differences, they have a connection drawing them back to the same motel room for four decades from the 80s to present day.
Playwright and veteran actor Ray, who plays Gary, said he wrote this play "to chronicle the journey that so many gay men who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s can readily relate to, the journey from a place where silence sometimes equaled death, to one where equality might just be a reality."
Off-Broadway and award-winning indie-film actor England returns to the stage to play the party-addicted Brad. "It's always great to come home to the stage and this play is one of the most exciting I've ever worked on," England said, adding "It's so incredibly personal, and it's an honor to be working with Terry Ray so intimately with the audience right there -- it really is electric!"
The benefit performance of ELECTRICITY marks the first of Queerstory Performance Series, devoted to telling and capturing the LGBTQ history and cultural experience through theatre. The program is being shepherded by England, who recently joined THE LAVENDER EFFECTs Executive Board of Advisors. Founding Director Andy Sacher announced the initiative saying This new series is a natural extension of our Queerstory project devoted to LGBTQ and allied people telling their personal stories. We are thrilled to have Mel on board to help cultivate stories in theatre and other performance, and we look forward to more in 2018.
ELECTRICITY is produced by TMD Productions and MICHAEL DARNER and is directed by STEVEN ROSENBAUM. The show contains nudity and adult themes.
Thymele Arts (View)
5481 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|