The West Coast Premiere of the off Broadway production, The Wake of Dick Johnson, performed live and in person by writer and director Luke Walker, will be part of the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
In this pitch black one-man comedy, Dick Johnson lies in an open casket, surrounded by flickering candles, dead flowers, and a red neon cross nailed above him. In this small, claustrophobic and intimate room, the audience are the attendees of his wake, when he returns from the other side for one last bottle of his beloved hooch, to enlighten us about grim realities we all face in the afterlife, and have a conversation with his pedophilic Uncle Willy.
Challenging an audience’s threshold for taboo language and graphic imagery, The Wake of Dick Johnson is a darkly humorous and morbid look that the agony of life and torture of an alternate universe afterlife, where quantum entanglement challenges concepts of the terrestrial laws of physics. Dick espouses that the afterlife is a grim, eternal, and inescapable astral plane, where the misdeeds of all mankind, throughout all ages, replays on an eternal loop in the 4th-dimension.
Time Out New York selected The Wake of Dick Johnson as one of its top-thirteen Halloween theater events along-side then current New York productions of The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors and Sleep No More.
Broadway World said about The Wake of Dick Johnson, “If you're craving something disturbing (because who isn't?), The Wake of Dick Johnson might just be it. Gory, freaky, and downright alarming, the show is graphic in every sense of the word, from its profane language to its grotesque imagery. Johnson reminiscences about his life chock full of sex, drugs, and booze – but through his rage we learn more about his real, deep-rooted pain, and the traumatizing relationship he had with one family member. And there's a good chance you'll never look at Snow White the same way again.”
“There is a message: the pain we suffered through in life remains even in death. So, live life your way, as Dick said, because death isn't all it's cracked up to be.”
Presenter / Producer: 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival
Theater > Drama
Theater > Other
Event Phone: 323-856-4249
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood CA 92107
LA - Central / Downtown
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 8/5/2021 - 8/25/2021
Tickets available at http://hff21.co/7066
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