Mark your calendar: Michael Kearns’ new full-length play “Bloodbound” opens January 13 at Highways Performance Space
I don’t know about you but my calendar for January is already starting to fill up.
That’s why I want to give you a heads up about a new full-length play by theater luminary and legendary artist-activistMichael Kearns called Bloodbound which opens on January 13th at Highways Performance Space.
I recently watched Kearns give a deeply powerful performance in the four-man show Michael Kearns and Other OUTIES and he was stupendous.
His play Bloodbound has such themes as the freedom to love against overpowering and unreasonable odds, familial implosion, interminable and unjustified incarceration, distorted sexual childhood boundaries, and roller coaster rides of mental illnesses involving a mother, father, older brother and younger brother.
The play tracks the lives of the two misfit brothers who are destined to love in spite of the gnarled realities they cannot avoid sharing. The remember their past and relive critical, contradictory, and conflicting moments. The horrific fear of their mutual deaths (whether in a shitty hospital bed or a sweaty prison cell) will lessen as they approach the final curtain.
Directed by Mark Bringelson, Bloodbound opens January 13, 2018 at Highways Performance Space, produced there by Leo Garcia, and produced by Ryland Shelton for Moon Mile Run.
Tickets: $25 general and $20 members/ students/ seniors at www.highwaysperformance.org
Highways Performance Space
@ 18th St. Arts Center
1651 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
A little more about Michael: In June during the city of Los Angeles’ seventh annual Heritage Month, he was among those presented with a Trailblazer Award. (He is pictured, right, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and fellow honoree Sara Ramirez). His was recognized for more than four decades of combining art and activism in a number of theatrical presentations he was attached to and a number of organizations he founded.
Kearns’ trailblazing reputation includes many firsts: He came out in the mid-Seventies, officially making him “Hollywood’s first openly gay actor” with one foot in the mainstream industry and one foot in the alternative art world. In 1991, he revealed his HIV-positive status on Entertainment Tonight . He was also the first HIV-positive, single, gay man to adopt a child.