Dope Queens

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Fri Aug 30, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 01, 3:00pm
Fri Sep 06, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 07, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 08, 3:00pm
Fri Sep 13, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 15, 3:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 3:00pm

TOMORROWLAND PRODUCTIONS & POP UP THEATER
ARE THRILLED TO PRESENT
A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY!
DOPE QUEENS
Written and Directed by Grafton Doyle

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, August 16
to the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood!

Hard Womxn are Good to Find…

TomorrowLand Productions & Pop Up Theater are thrilled to present a world premiere play, DOPE QUEENS, written and directed by Grafton Doyle. DOPE QUEENS will preview on Friday, August 9 & Saturday, August 10 at 8pm; will open on Friday, August 16 at 8pm and run through Sunday, September 22 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

In 2012, three friends: Goldie, Blake, and Angel, move to San Francisco after meeting in protective custody at a men’s California state penitentiary where they were just serving time. Goldie and Angel are transgender women of color, outcasts from their families and the society they live in. Blake is a drug addict whose family begs him to go back to rehab but continues to relapse despite sincere attempts at sobriety. Twitter has moved in and the Google buses and Uber drivers swarm the streets as the Tenderloin slowly gentrifies. In a world where their reputation on the streets is everything, they must secure a position of respect and dignity. As they try to change their lives for the better, the trio settle in an SRO Hotel and support each other as their “chosen family.” Despite true love and friendship, desperate times sometimes lead to desperate measures in this world premiere play.

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

GRAFTON DOYLE (Playwright/Director) originally began working as an actor in theatre in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and Boston. Acting credits include: Becky Shaw (Pop Up Theater), Three Days of Rain (Epsilon Theatre), Spike Heels (Pop Up Theater), The Cottage (Americana Theatre Co.), Almost an Evening (Gennitti's Detroit), The Curious Savage (Mirror Theater), Give It Back (Atwater Playhouse). Serving as Founder & Artistic Director for Pop Up Theater, he has also directed and produced shows that include: Seminar, The Woolgatherer, Becky Shaw, Three Days of Rain, Pterodactyls, and Pizza Man. He has previously worked in creative film development for NBC/Universal at Marc Platt Productions, Warner Bros. at MadChance Productions and Gunpowder & Sky, ran by MTV’s Van Toeffler. He holds a B.A. in Narrative Studies and Screenwriting from USC and is currently an MFA 2021 Dramatic Writing Candidate at USC. Grafton is interested stories that thematically delve into identities of persons stuck between two worlds focusing on “otherness”, queer identities, and addiction. He is also attached to direct the film version of the story of Dope Queens, which is currently in development at TomorrowLand Productions.

The Cast of DOPE QUEENS will feature: Donzell Lewis as Goldie, Malaya as Angel, Michael Antosy as Blake and the voice of Rob Callaway as the Radio Announcer.

DOPE QUEENS features an award-winning design team; Set Design is by Tom Buderwitz; Lighting Design is by Andrew Schmedake; Sound Design is by Cricket S. Myers; Costume and Make-Up Design is by Sasha Markgraf. The Production Stage Manager is Kajal Ardestani. DOPE QUEENS is produced by John Reyes, Julio Lopez Velasquez and Melanie Weisner.

Calendar Listing:

DOPE QUEENS
Written and Directed by Grafton Doyle

OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 at 8pm
through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 at 3pm.

PREVIEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
at 8pm

PERFORMANCES: Friday & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm

HUDSON MAINSTAGE THEATRE
6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
Tickets: Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays; $35.00
Previews; $20.00
VIP FRONT ROWS/CENTER SEATS; $40.00
For tickets or more information, please visit www.dopequeensplay.com
or call 323-960-7738.

Reviews

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"Playwright/director Grafton Doyle builds the world of the play through masterful, vivid storytelling, as the action heats slowly to a heart-pounding final scene. ...Dope Queens isn’t a play about issues. It’s a play about people, whose stories need to be told onstage. Character is queen here, and these three memorable characters played by three magnetic actors earn Dope Queens its crown. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"The dialogue is hard hitting, its characters are real, and the city it all takes place in are for those that either have everything, or for those that must find that everything someplace else!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Dope Queens, Grafton Doyle’s seamy dissection of the go-nowhere lives of three drug-addicted, fresh-out-of-prison LGBTQ street walkers (two of them gender non-conforming POCs and one a GWM) is not just a major downer, it’s an overwrought, all-over-the-place two-acter that overstays its welcome by at least half an hour."

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"Playwright/director Grafton Doyle builds the world of the play through masterful, vivid storytelling, as the action heats slowly to a heart-pounding final scene. ...Dope Queens isn’t a play about issues. It’s a play about people, whose stories need to be told onstage. Character is queen here, and these three memorable characters played by three magnetic actors earn Dope Queens its crown. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"The dialogue is hard hitting, its characters are real, and the city it all takes place in are for those that either have everything, or for those that must find that everything someplace else!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Dope Queens, Grafton Doyle’s seamy dissection of the go-nowhere lives of three drug-addicted, fresh-out-of-prison LGBTQ street walkers (two of them gender non-conforming POCs and one a GWM) is not just a major downer, it’s an overwrought, all-over-the-place two-acter that overstays its welcome by at least half an hour."

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review