Birthday by Michael David Ker

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Sun Jun 16, 4:00pm
Sun Jun 23, 11:00am
Fri Jun 28, 9:00pm
Sat Jun 29, 6:00pm

After a shitty year – losing both parents, then his home in the Woolsey fire – one man attempts to rise from the ashes and celebrate LIFE in a new way.

Imagine if a raging fire was outside your door, about to burn your home to the ground. You have only minutes to grab a few items and get out before everything goes up in smoke. What would you take? What would you leave behind? What do you treasure the most?

This one-person-show is a comic reexamination of what's really important in life. It's about holding onto humor, hope, and trusting that something bigger is at play, even in the midst of tragedy.

The subject matter can be heavy, diving into depression, Alzheimer's, living “in the middle of the sandwich” (an expression for a middle-aged parent with their own child and taking care of an elder parent at the same time) and being directly in the path of the most devastating wild fire to hit L.A. in the last twenty years.

We know this may sound depressing. (This is a very tough elevator pitch.) But we promise Birthday is a celebration of life…and might even have you dancing on the way out.

25% of Birthday show ticket sales go to California Fire Foundation, which offer scholarships to children of fallen firefighters, and provide aid to victims of fire or other natural disasters.

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"Birthday is captivating and engaging from start to finish. Starting with waking up to the Woolsey Fire in Malibu and being evacuated from his home on a moments notice, he is somehow able to bring a comedic lightness to an otherwise devastating situation. Michael brings you in to his world of loss, love and celebration in his own heartfelt and comedic way that leaves you both laughing and crying. Each vignette or story threads together a beautiful picture; one of gratitude, awe, mystery, and love."

sweet - Rachel Bennish


"Birthday is captivating and engaging from start to finish. Starting with waking up to the Woolsey Fire in Malibu and being evacuated from his home on a moments notice, he is somehow able to bring a comedic lightness to an otherwise devastating situation. Michael brings you in to his world of loss, love and celebration in his own heartfelt and comedic way that leaves you both laughing and crying. Each vignette or story threads together a beautiful picture; one of gratitude, awe, mystery, and love."

sweet - Rachel Bennish