Behind the Walls of Graceland in The Elvis Test
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- THEATRE FEATURE STORY! "Funny" "A spirited ensemble goes all out to make the tale's characters memorably vivid." --LA Weekly
- "A riveting powerhouse of a presentation -- PICK OF THE WEEK" REVIEWPLAYS.COM
Christmas 1965: The Apollo program began its quest for the Moon. The number of troops in Vietnam reached more than 200,000.
And Elvis Presley dropped acid....
All is not well behind the walls of Graceland. Elvis Presley, the once-undisputed king of rock and roll, finds himself on the verge of losing his crown to invaders from a faraway land. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and a myriad of other younger, hipper bands have stolen the attention of America's youth. Elvis, trapped in a prison of making bad movies and even worse music, watches as the cultural revolution he started is about to leave him far behind. But like the true king he is, Elvis is not about to go down without a fight. In an attempt to regain the cheers, the screams, the music and all that made Elvis ELVIS, he decides to drop acid.
The Elvis Test mixes comedy and drama to tell the story of the night Elvis, Priscilla and three of his entourage decided to “turn on.” Nobody, not even rock ‘n’ roll, was prepared for what was to follow.
Based on a true incident
By Julian Stone
Directed by Gary Spatz
Writer Julian Stone is the author of numerous award-winning screenplays. His produced credits include “Savate,” a kick-boxing western staring Marc Singer and James Brolin, and the award-winning cult film “Follow the Bitch,” which he also directed and produced. Other notable screenplays include “Duke Snider Eats Here Free” and “I Want Kandee.” He is also the director of the documentary “Sinatra – The Lost Track,” which documented the 2004 reunion of the remaining members of Frank Sinatra’s touring band.
Director Gary Spatz is one of the most respected acting teachers for children in the United States. He was a company member (1978-1983) of the respected American Theater Arts in Hollywood where he continued training, performing and eventually teaching. For the fifteen years after that, he was a teacher at The Young Actors Space. Gary has served as the on-set acting coach for the younger children on numerous television shows. He created the young actors' conservatory The Playground in Century City in 2005. He currently teaches classes and serves as director of the conservatory program.