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.