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Hollywood Fringe Fest premiers ‘Villain, An American Story,’ June 3

Michael James Kelly and Kailena Mai’s contemporary play examines the culture that portrays African American men as dangerous criminals

Compton Herald | Villain, An American Story
From The Gut Creations

90-minute play ‘Villain, An American Story’ tells explosive, heart-wrenching story through an excellent ensemble cast

HOLLYWOOD — From The Gut Creations presents the world premiere of Villain, An American Story at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 3, 2018, at 4 p.m., at the Stephanie Feury Theater, 5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Two families, the Clark Family and Thompson Family, are forever linked together through the tragedy of an act that has a devastating impact on both families. A Black teenage boy is shot by a White police officer.

Villain, written by Michael James Kelly and Kailena Mai, is an American story. Devon Clark, age 16, is shot by Officer William P. Thompson in Long Beach Calif., early one fall evening. When there is an action, there is always a reaction and, two sides to every story. In this case, both families try to deal with the aftermath of this shared tragedy during a 24-hour period. Michael James Kelly and Kailena Mai’s contemporary play examines the culture that portrays African American men as dangerous criminals and the consequences in the justice system.

This explosive, heart-wrenching story, is directed by, Bernadette Speakes, who earlier this year, directed the sold-out play, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963. Villain, An American Story, is told through an excellent ensemble cast; Azizi Donnelly, Michael James Kelly, Frederick Koehler, Sonia Jackson, Kailena Mai, Monty Montgomery, Shaw Purnell, John Thomas, Richard Warren, and Taissa Zveiter.

Villain is a 90-minute play, which will be featured through the Hollywood Fringe Festival and premieres June 3, 2018, at 4 p.m., at the Stephanie Feury Theater, 5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles[MAP]. Other performances are June 10, 13, 16, 17, 21, and 24 at 8 and 8:30 p.m., 11 a.m., 6, 7, and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

For ticket information contact Bernadette Speakes, director, at (818) 482-1121, bernadettespeakes@gmail.com or visit the website.

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