Award-winning solo artist Mike Schlitt
, in association with Son of Semele, has extended his solo-hit Jesus Ride through May 12. The production, which garnered "Outstanding Solo Show" at the New York Fringe in 2009, has been running at Son of Semele Theater since March 9 and will continue through mid-May playing Saturday evenings.
Jesus Ride is a comedic roller coaster ride through thirty-three films about Jesus Christ and the confessions of the secular humanist non-practicing Jewish movie zealot who watched them all. This multi-media solo piece written and performed by Mike Schlitt
traces the origins of the rabbi who became the father of modern Christianity, from his first appearance on the written page to his most recent and lucrative cinematic incarnation. Part movie history, part personal odyssey, Jesus Ride is the story of two protagonists: one--the son of God, the other--son of a Hollywood TV writer.
is a founding member of the Actors' Gang Theatre, two-time winner of the New York International Fringe Festival's Outstanding Solo Performance award, and a recipient of the LADCC Margaret Harford award for outstanding contribution to Los Angeles Theater. Since 1983, he has produced, directed, written or performed in over 40 Actors' Gang Productions. Favorites include directing the American Premiere of Georg Tabori's MEIN KAMPF (BackStage West
Garland Award winner), adapting and directing Gogol's THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (L.A. Weekly Award nominee), co-writing and directing LITTLE MAN IN THE BOX (Dramalogue Award, included in L.A. Times' top 10 productions of the year), developing and directing ASYLUM (Dramalogue Award) and directing and performing in two separate productions of the long running hit KLUB (L.A. Weekly Award, "Best Revival 2008"). His work as a solo performer has been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and New York: DRIVE, HE SAID (Saxon Lee Gallery), MIKE'S INCREDIBLE INDIAN ADVENTURE (LATC, Flea Theatre, Portland Center Stage), JESUS RIDE (Here Arts, Soho Playhouse, Elephant Asylum, Son of Semele, the Marsh). He has also made short films for Epic Records IN THE STUDIO WITH TENACIOUS D, FXM Network, JOE'S GYRO PALACE and Sony Pictures STUDIO HEAD.
Director TraCy Young
has recently worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) directing and co-adapting Moliere's THE IMAGINARY INVALID, Goldoni's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS; and directing Luis Alfaro's BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. She co-created and directed MEDEA/MACBETH/CINDERELLA (with Bill Rauch
) for Yale Repertory Theatre
, which will receive a production at OSF later this year. For six years, Ms. Young was an artistic associate at Cornerstone Theatre Company, directing several productions, including Shishir Kurup
's MERCHANT OF VENICE (Taper Too Workshop) and Yehuda Hyman's CENTER OF THE STAR (Greenway Court). Original works include DREAMPLAY, a site-specific piece performed in a swimming pool, and two long-running hit musicals HYSTERIA and EUPHORIA (Actors' Gang). A multiple recipient of Ovation, L.A. Weekly and BackStage West
Garland awards for directing and playwriting; she has received a P.E.N. West playwriting award, Center Theatre Group
's Robert Sher
wood Directing Award, and was a finalist for Theatre Communications Group's Allen Schneider Directing Award.
Producer Matthew McCray
is the Founding Artistic Director of Son of Semele Ensemble, profiled by American Theatre in 2004 as one of the country's top up-and-coming theatre ensembles. In 2008, McCray was in residence at Center Theatre Group
developing FENCEROW TO FENCEROW, his play about American agriculture, sustainable food and the obesity epidemic. His most recent directorial work includes the world premieres of Stephanie Fleischmann's WHAT THE MOON SAW (Son of Semele), Steve Lozier's DOOMSAYER (Moving Arts), and Meredith Steinman's THE MEETING (Circle X), as well as the West Coast premiere of Edward Anthony
's WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH (Rogue Machine). He garnered a 2007 LA Weekly Award for "Multi-Media/Projections" for his production of Caridad Svich
's IPHIGENIA… A RAVE FABLE and in 2003 he accepted the Ovation Award for "Best Musical Production (Intimate Venue)" for Son of Semele's ANIMAL FARM. www.matthewmccray.com
This production is made possible by SOSEhost, Son of Semele's curated hosting program that provides artists with subsidized space, equipment and staffing to mount their works. For more information about Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE), visit www.sonofsemele.org
Performances of Jesus Ride run Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. through May 12. Admission ranges from $12-15. Tickets are available through the SOSE website at www.sonofsemele.org
. The box office opens one half hour prior to curtain. Son of Semele Theater is located in Silver Lake at 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004 (one mile west of Alvarado). For more information, visit www.sonofsemele.org