After enjoying packed performances in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Palm Desert, California, as well as Las Vegas and St Louis, former Hells Angels leader George Christie brings his critically acclaimed one-man, autobiographical show, Outlaw, to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks from August 2-24.
Outlaw explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants in Southern California founded the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels and rose to become one of the most controversial leaders of the world's most notorious biker organizations. For more than three decades, Christie was hunted and hated; prosecuted and persecuted, until finally walking away from the Hells Angels in 2011 and starting a new life as a writer, consultant and family man. Outlaw reveals the personal side of a man most people have long considered a criminal, but whose life is so much more complex, surprising and redemptive.
The production, which chronicles Christie's nearly 40-year reign as head of the Ventura chapter of the Hells Angels, will be his first public appearance in Los Angeles since undertaking several events to sign copies of his memoir, “Exile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells Angel…and Beyond.” The book served as the basis for the new theatrical production.
During his years with the Hells Angels, Christie survived prison, multiple investigations, prosecutions and assassination attempts. Through it all, he considered himself to be a peacemaker in the outlaw biker community. With a reputation firmly established in popular culture, the Hells Angels have developed a modern mythology around themselves that presents as many questions about the group as answers. Are the Hells Angels organized criminals or compassionate givers to charity and the community? What really goes on behind closed club meeting doors?
Christie, a force to be reckoned with, has been involved with the motorcycle culture since 1966. For 40 years he rode with the Hells Angels spending 35 years as a leader, first as president of the Los Angeles chapter, then establishing the Ventura Hells Angels and eventually, the entire West Coast. His Hells Angels leadership evolved into Christie becoming an international spokesman for the organization. He became the official voice of the Hells Angels until his departure in 2011.
Now retired, Christie is a media consultant as an expert on the outlaw lifestyle. He is the author of three books and his History Channel six-part series, Outlaw Chronicles, has led him to his live stage show.
Written and directed by Richard La Plante, Outlaw received standing ovations during its world premiere run in Southern California.
Outlaw runs August 2 through August 24 with performances on Thursdays and Sundays and later in the run on Fridays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for all performances. Whitefire Theatre is located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. For reservations, call (213) 713-9149 or go to www.Clagoproductions.com and for more information please visit www.GeorgeChristieOutlaw.com. Visit Outlaw on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GeorgetheOutlaw. Follow us on twitter: @georgeFPC and instagram: @outlawtheshow.