Playwright and composer – creator of the musical Group

Ouroboros & The Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Hollywood Fringe Festival project logo

As we inch closer and closer to submitting GROUP for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I become more and more anxious, excited and nostalgic. I miss my actors, my band, my crew and my audiences. That’s right, they are mine and I am theirs. We are all in this together during the performance and every moment has the potential to change who I am, what I feel and what I’ll do next.

This is the essence of live performance. The symbiotic relationship between the audience and the performer. We feed off the energy of one another. We are but a snake eating our own tail. Ouroboros.

Now, in these early performances of Group, I am not an actor per se. I am but a humble musician. But I still am afforded the unique opportunity to witness and feel the energy of the room without having to sit in the audience. It is a rare joy that few playwrights get to experience.

This June 16-26 is the Hollywood Fringe Festival and I have every intention of hiring every baby sitter I have ever used so that I can see as many shows as possible. I love everything the festival stands for and I love creators and performers getting a chance to put up their work in all their glory.

As of today, I’m about 99% sure that the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble will do a few encore performances of our first run in the festival. We are hoping to finalize performance space details early next week just in time for the deadline to register for the festival.

I, for one, cannot wait to see those lights come up, feel the nerves of the actors and hear my words and music being performed by artists as passionate about my work as I am. I cannot wait to share my work with new audiences and to hear the conversations start between people that are not aware that the piano / guitar player in the band is also the writer. Go ahead. Talk about the show with me nearby. I can take it. I welcome it. I love it. And I love you for discussing my work.

Thanks in advance LA. I can’t wait.

Is it June yet?

Adam Emperor Southard – creator of the musical “Group” which MAY be performed this June at the great Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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