Hyper-Chondriac: One Man's Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down
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In 1916, the generally good people of Erwin, Tennessee lynched an elephant. Hot on the heels of sold-out runs at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Encore Producers' Awards series, Man's Dominion uses this decidedly disturbing (and completely true) event to examine themes that include animal cruelty, race relations and religious intolerance. An incident that's lost none of its resonance in the ensuing century, Mary -- the 18 year old elephant and captive star of a traveling circus -- killed her trainer and was subsequently sentenced to death by the citizens of Erwin, who saw her hung from a giant railroad crane. A one-man show, this shocking, poignant and powerful play finds actor Tim Powell giving voice to 10 different characters whose lives intersected with this horrific occasion -- including clowns, ringmasters, a minister, a hunter and even both of the event's victims: Mary and her trainer. Learn More
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Great close up and personal performance by the writer and person who has lived through all the challenges of trying to be well and accommodate so many other peoples view as t whether he is well. Very funny in an intellectual/thoughtful way. ...continued
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This one-man show is based on Brian’s Simon & Schuster memoir, Hyper-Chondriac: One Man’s Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down, which has been called “hilarious and biting” by Entertainment Weekly and “caustically funny yet quietly moving” by USA Today.
“Hilarious… Frazer has wit and charm, and director-designer Kiff Scholl keeps things brisk on a clever set.” -LA Weekly (Go!)
“A laugh-filled and fascinating 75-minute performance. Frazer’s straightforward writing is funny in its honesty. Scholl and Frazer keep the story moving, and they wisely know that less can be more when it comes to comedy. It’s the heart of the story - and Frazer’s heart — that makes this work a success." —Backstage West
“Frazer makes you laugh as he debuts this sensitive and controversial story….He delivers a live, intense, and comedic monologue. This is definitely an insightful story about those true life matters wrapped with laughter.” —SoCal.com
What’s the difference between a hypochondriac and a hyper-chondriac? When you’re a hypochondriac, you think you’re sick, but you’re not. By contrast, a hyper-chondriac is actually sick.
Brian Frazer should not have been sick. No sedentary couch potato, he was, in fact, a former competitive body builder, who ate right, slept enough, never smoked, and had only missed one day of flossing in the past five years. Why was he so agitated all the time? What was the source of his inner turmoil? Why wasn’t he healthy?
In search of an answer, he tried everything, from Zoloft to Kabbalah to yoga to Ayurvedic medicine. Does his quest for physical and (especially) emotional health sound desperate? Actually, it’s hilarious.
Brian Frazer is a very funny fellow. This is something you already know if you’ve seen his frequent humorous pieces in Esquire Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine. He also writes for ESPN, Psychology Today, Details, and GQ. He was one of the original writers on “MadTV” and wrote for the series “Blind Date.” He has a series on Everwell TV and has been a commentator on KCET’s So-Cal Connected. He is a former stand-up comic who has performed all over the U.S. and internationally. He bases this show on his memoir, “Hyper-Chondriac: One Man’s Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down” (Simon and Schuster, 2006).
Kiff Scholl directs. One of the city’s most respected directors, his credits include “Kill Me, Deadly” at Theatre of NOTE, “All My Sons” at Raven Playhouse, and “Don Giovanni Tonight, Don Carlo Tomorrow” at Sacred Fools Theatre. His film credits include “Scream of the Bikini” and “11/11/11.”