Was I High When I Wrote THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY?

Was I High When I Wrote THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY?

Curtain call on opening night of THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY. From left to right: Jason Ryan Lovett, Kim Hamilton, Garrett Mercer, Tina Huang, me, Ahmed Best, Malcolm Barrett, Brandon Scott, Julie Bersani, Claudia Doumit, Roland Ruiz.

Curtain call on opening night of THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY. From left to right: Jason Ryan Lovett, Kim Hamilton, Garrett Mercer, Tina Huang, me, Ahmed Best, Malcolm Barrett, Brandon Scott, Julie Bersani, Claudia Doumit, Roland Ruiz.

THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY opened on November 10 and THAT SHIT WAS ON FIRE!

Everyone was fantastic. Our actors. Our director. Our designers. Our stage manager. I'm so proud of the work that they all did.

I was able to stay through the weekend for all three shows. I'm now back in Vegas, so I've had to live vicariously through the cast, stalking them on social media and getting first-hand accounts over the phone on how Week 2 went.

My intention for this play was for everyone to have a good time: both the people working on the show AND the people who come to see it.

So far, I think we've delivered on that.

Now...since we opened, a few people have asked what my "mental state" was like when I wrote THE TRAGEDY, which is about three talent managers who go on a "magic mushroom vision quest."

Basically, they want to know if I took mushrooms while I was working on the play.

The short answer is "no."

However, the play IS loosely based on my experiences using psychedelic plants like mushrooms, ayahuasca, and huachuma (San Pedro cactus).

The reason I started using these plants in the first place was because I going through an intense existential/spiritual crisis that began in my late twenties and that ended...well...

Alright, I'ma be honest. It hasn't ended.

Those of you who know me are already familiar with some of the stories. Like...

  • How I went traveled to Peru, Guatemala, and Israel in order to find my "mission statement."

  • How I gave away all my money and most of my prized possessions and tried to walk across the United States in the name of world peace.

  • How I initially began walking through northern California in an effort to reach Mt. Shasta as part of a larger quest to find the Axis Mundi - an inter-dimensional portal that connects our world to all other worlds. But part-way through, decided NOT to do that and instead headed out west to Utah so that I could meet Daniel Suelo, the "Moneyless Man", and live with him in a cave for three months.

(But I'm getting a little ahead of myself. I'll write about those stories in future posts).

Anyways, so no, I wasn't on mushrooms when I wrote THE TRAGEDY.  I may have used cannabis from time to time during the rewriting and reworking process, but I doubt that accounts for the overall "weirdness" of the play. 

Which is a strange thing for me to say because honestly? The play didn't seem all that weird to me while I was writing it. It all made perfect sense at the time. 

It's only when I had some distance from the play and was sitting in the audience during tech week, watching the run-throughs, that I thought, "Holy shit, this is insane."

But hey: don't take my word for it. Come see THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY and decide for yourself!

The show runs for two more weekends before closing on Dec 3.

And because this week is Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving, Ammunition Theatre Company is offering some special deals!

  • Use the discount code "FRIENDS", "Friends", or "friends" and get $7 off your tickets for the 11/24-11/26 performances.

  • For the Sunday 11/26 show, they're also offering "Pay What You Can" tickets. Be sure to RSVP to ammunitiontheatreco@gmail.com to ensure availability.

So if you're in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving weekend, come see THE TRAGEDY: A COMEDY. You'll be thankful you did!

(See what I did there? With the "thankful" and...'cause it's Thanksgiving and...nevermind).

For tickets, go here: https://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=169258874#/tickets

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