Trevor Boelter’s one-act play “And Now It’s All This!” centers around John Lennon’s infamous remark about The Beatles being more popular than Jesus and has Brian Epstein sorting out the storm that followed. “And Now It’s All This!” Premiered in Liverpool, England’s famous Unity Theater in 2014 to great fanfare. Boelter’s other play, “When I Get Home,” another Lennon episode this time featuring Cynthia Lennon, was accepted to the “Ticket To Write” competition in Liverpool, England in 2013. “And Now It’s All This!” is having its U.S. premiere and will be participating in the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival in June.
Tentative Dates for Fringe Festival:
June 8th: 1:30 – 3:30
June 13: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
June 15: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
June 22: 11:30 – 1:30
June 28: 10:00pm – 12:00am
Author Matt Duggan’s debut novel, Ostraca, takes place in the 1990s, when America’s Generation X was living in a blissful bubble. The latchkey kids were unaware of the outside world and its seething anger; it was a decade of innocence, a pre-internet age that will never exist again. It’s against this backdrop that we’re introduced to Gen Xer Jack Darmody. Jack was seven years old when he lost his parents in a horrific car crash. His father fell asleep at the wheel, their car swerved, flipped and rolled three times. Jack was in the back seat; he was thrown out and later found in a patch of roadside grass, unharmed. He’s never come to terms with this childhood trauma and as a consequence he suffers from periodic seizures, the severity of which he ignores. Jack’s method of operation is to run from every tragedy, fear, and pain. But when he embarks on a road trip in 1996 from New York to Los Angeles, his past confronts him. As Jack zooms alone down the highways, the solitude forces him to wrestle with his identity, his trauma, and the very meaning of existence. Jack is like the United States itself. Once we step off the hamster wheel, take a deep breath, and really look around, we discover that our true self is full of dark parts that we work hard to ignore. The genocide of America’s indigenous peoples; our ignominious history of black slavery; our voracious imperialism that masquerades as nation-building; we avert our eyes from the mirror. Ostraca is the first novel in a trilogy that covers the late 1990s through 2008.