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George Christie in Outlaw

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.

Reviews

Shari Barrett

Through words, images and music, the solo show is often riveting as Christie explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants in Southern California BWW Review: OUTLAW George Christie Offers Audiences an Insider's Look at Hells Angels 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 personally redemptive. Now retired, Christie is a media consultant as an expert on the outlaw lifestyle and the author of three books, with his History Channel six-part series, Outlaw Chronicles, now leading him to his live stage show.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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George Christie's theatre project, written and directed by Richard La Plante, Outlaw interweaves some of his three books as well as the history channel network show, but it goes deeper and further than any of these.  Yes, he did some illegal things though the play shows him as a complex person with many humanizing aspects... An interesting and informative evening about another side of the coin.

sweet - Serita Stevens - Denver Splash Magazine - ...read full review


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Christie's charm is undeniable. He's well-spoken and descriptive. The few props he uses enhance his performance.

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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George's story at this stage of his life is one of redemption, going from top dog with money to spare to rock bottom, facing prosecution, rejection, and assassination attempts. ...Overall, I recommend it, and as always, recommend the Whitefire Theatre, a friendly, comfortable, easily accessible small theater with an excellent history of satisfying productions.

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - ...read full review


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Christie's way with words and such visual metaphors is a highlight of his performance, as the audience can literally envision every scenario he portrays.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


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With stage presence, grace and quite a bit of charisma he lays out his story for us on stage, not shying away from the danger and the consequences of an existence firmly outside the law. He vividly and eloquently spins the tale, from babe to present day with a boldly cinematic prose and a subtle poetic turn of phrase. His intelligence is clear and unsurprising, no one who lived this long and this hard is a dummy. But what gave me pause was the complexity of his philosophy and his motivation as well as the men he rode beside for 40 years of his life.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

Through words, images and music, the solo show is often riveting as Christie explores how the son of poor Greek immigrants in Southern California BWW Review: OUTLAW George Christie Offers Audiences an Insider's Look at Hells Angels 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 personally redemptive. Now retired, Christie is a media consultant as an expert on the outlaw lifestyle and the author of three books, with his History Channel six-part series, Outlaw Chronicles, now leading him to his live stage show.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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George Christie's theatre project, written and directed by Richard La Plante, Outlaw interweaves some of his three books as well as the history channel network show, but it goes deeper and further than any of these.  Yes, he did some illegal things though the play shows him as a complex person with many humanizing aspects... An interesting and informative evening about another side of the coin.

sweet - Serita Stevens - Denver Splash Magazine - ...read full review


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Christie's charm is undeniable. He's well-spoken and descriptive. The few props he uses enhance his performance.

sweet-sour - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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George's story at this stage of his life is one of redemption, going from top dog with money to spare to rock bottom, facing prosecution, rejection, and assassination attempts. ...Overall, I recommend it, and as always, recommend the Whitefire Theatre, a friendly, comfortable, easily accessible small theater with an excellent history of satisfying productions.

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - ...read full review


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Christie's way with words and such visual metaphors is a highlight of his performance, as the audience can literally envision every scenario he portrays.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - ...read full review


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With stage presence, grace and quite a bit of charisma he lays out his story for us on stage, not shying away from the danger and the consequences of an existence firmly outside the law. He vividly and eloquently spins the tale, from babe to present day with a boldly cinematic prose and a subtle poetic turn of phrase. His intelligence is clear and unsurprising, no one who lived this long and this hard is a dummy. But what gave me pause was the complexity of his philosophy and his motivation as well as the men he rode beside for 40 years of his life.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review