Very nice article in DO LA about ELECTRICITY as immersive show in Palm Springs, INNdulge hotel room!
TMD PRODUCTIONS AND MICHAEL DARNER PRESENT
“ELECTRICITY”, AN IMMERSIVE LGBT COMEDY
After an 11-week run in Los Angeles, and an encore run at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival, the critically acclaimed LGBT comedy, ELECTRICITY, heads to Palm Springs. The show offers a unique immersive theatrical experience, playing inside an actual hotel room at the popular Palm Springs’ gay resort, INNdulge.
ELECTRICITY explores the journey of two gay men who hook up in a hotel room after their tenth high school reunion in small town Ohio.
Gary is so closeted that he hides behind an invented wife. Brad is so reckless that he kills his pain with sex, drugs and alcohol because he can’t see far enough into the future to believe he has one. Despite their differences, they have an "electricity" which draws them back to that same hotel room, and to each other, for every successive reunion over three decades.
This experimental and groundbreaking production brings audience members within inches of Brad and Gary’s heartbreaking, romantic and oftentimes, hilarious story. The show begins in the lobby of INNdulge where the audience acts as part of the high school reunion. It leads to a private room inside the hotel, where the audience members become flies on the wall as Gary and Brad’s incredible story unfolds.
Playwright and veteran actor Terry Ray, who plays the role of Gary, wrote the play to chronicle a journey many gay men who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s can relate to. “We started from a place where silence equaled death to one where equality might actually be a reality,” he explains.
Mel England stars as Brad. England has performed in various roles on stage and screen. His off-Broadway credits include Hecuba, Marriage, Imaginary Invalid, and his solo show, Swimming with the Polar Bears. He stars in the feature film Best Day Ever and appears alongside Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland in Archaeology of a Woman.
In its 21-year history, INNdulge has played host to many significant events including weddings, birthdays, and reunions but ELECTRICITY is the first time it has been the stage for a live theatre production. “We love independent theatre and are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking show,” says Jon Jackson, who owns INNdulge with his husband, Sandy.
ELECTRICITY is produced by TMD Productions and Michael Darner. It is directed by Steven Rosenbaum.
Performances are October 25-26 and November 9-11, 2017 at INNdulge (601 S. Grenfall Rd., Palm Springs). 7:30pm reception/8:00pm show. 90 minutes/no intermission. 18+ only as the show includes nudity. Guests of INNdulge will enjoy a 50% discount on tickets.
ELECTRICITY playwright and actor Terry Ray plus new cast member Mel England, along with stage manage / assistant director Amy Rowell talk all about the exciting challenges of bringing ELECTRICITY inside a real hotel room at INNdulge for the exciting new immersive theater version of the play on the Sheena Metal Experience Show. Click on link below to listen--you can skip ahead to the 1 hour 6 minute mark to start when the ELECTRICITY gang join Sheena.
We are very excited to announce that the gay men's resort INNdulge in Palm Springs will be the world premiere home for ELECTRICITY as immersive theater inside a real hotel room! An exclusive audience will be in the room with the actors as the story unfolds all around them. We are so excited to partner with INNdulge for this truly unique experience! www.inndulge.com
ELECTRICITY playwright and actor Terry Ray appears with host Patrick Evans on the valleys local CBS show EYE ON THE DESERT to talk about ELECTRICITY premiering at Oscars on August 5th and 6th! Below is a link to the interview--filmed off a TV but you can still enjoy!
ELECTRICITY will be hitting the road for the first time on August 5th and 6th when it will have two performances at Oscars Cafe and Bar. Starring the original cast, Terry Ray and Kevin Scott Allen as Gary and Brad.
We are thrilled to announce that ELECTRICITY will be part of the 2017 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE THEATER FESTIVAL for 5 performances during the month of June at the Lounge Theatre. Brad and Gary are baaack!
For more info about the festival see our home page here or go to www.HollywoodFringe.org
The talented and funny Jason Stuart (currently starring in the film BIRTH OF A NATION) was our last special talk back host for our incredible run at the Two Roads Theater.
The fabulous Loni Anderson (who plays Terry Ray's mother in their webseries MY SISTER IS SO GAY) was ELECTRICITY's very special guest talk back host on her birthday weekend!