The Book of Briarshire

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Good Shows is proud to present The Book of Briarshire, running for five performances in the 2019 season of The Hollywood Fringe Festival from Saturday, June 8th through Sunday, June 30th. Written by and starring Kelly Moore, directed by Colleen Doyle, and produced by Conor Hanney, The Book of Briarshire is an epic medieval fantasy comedy, where kickass women rule. With an almost entirely female ensemble cast, Briarshire subverts the fantasy genre, packed with both action and laughs. Our heroine Ylva (played by Moore) wants nothing more than to become a knight and live up to her father’s legacy, so she quests to slay The Dragon (played by Lindsey Mallard) along with her clueless sister Skittles (played by Emily Bolcik) who frequently breaks into unsolicited/undesired freestyle raps. Along the way, they encounter magic, soldiers, elves, and even... a cobbler. The limited engagement will take place at The Broadwater, Second Stage (6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038). Audience members are invited to stay afterwards for refreshments in the attached bar The Broadwater Plunge, owned by TV's Patrick Duffy. For additional information, please visit https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/6131 and https://www.facebook.com/GoodShowsFringe.

The Book of Briarshire’s five shows will take place over four weekends in June: Saturday, June 8th at 10:00pm, a matinee performance on Sunday, June 16th at 11:00am, the following Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30pm, Saturday June 29th at 5:00pm, and a final matinee on Sunday, June 30th at 12:00pm. The show’s total runtime is approximately 55 minutes. The full cast of The Book of Briarshire includes Kelly Moore, Emily Bolcik, Debbie Fry, Marina Mastros, Anatasha Blakely, Ryan Marsico, Mandi Bossard, Lindsey Mallard, Justin Michael Terry, Megan Reisberg and Celeste Pechous. Tickets cost $15.

Reviews

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For any lover of fantasy, but especially for those who might have been disappointed by the series finale of a certain TV show this year, The Book of Briarshire is a hilarious must-see.

sweet - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


Mike Reyes - Mike Check

Kelly Moore has written an engaging, enchanting tale, that showcases not only her expertise with the sword, but the pen as well she possesses such great sense of comedic timing and brilliant verbal sparring throughout the show is as enjoyable as the physical feats performed. This is one of the best that Fringe has to offer this year, and this is one adventure you do not want to miss.

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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Moore’s writing is consistently funny, and the ensemble is talented and clearly having a good time. Colleen Doyle’s direction skillfully amplifies the silliness of the show, especially in an energetic fight/chase toward the end. The only problem with The Book of Briarshire is its structure – it was originally done as a series of shorter pieces as part of Sacred Fools’ Serial Killers show and this production simply puts those pieces together. In its current form, the story feels compressed in a confusing way, and would benefit from expanding out the story and spending more time with the characters.

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

The Book of Briarshire takes a hero’s story and successfully subverts it. While keeping the storyline interesting and most importantly funny.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


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For any lover of fantasy, but especially for those who might have been disappointed by the series finale of a certain TV show this year, The Book of Briarshire is a hilarious must-see.

sweet - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


Mike Reyes - Mike Check

Kelly Moore has written an engaging, enchanting tale, that showcases not only her expertise with the sword, but the pen as well she possesses such great sense of comedic timing and brilliant verbal sparring throughout the show is as enjoyable as the physical feats performed. This is one of the best that Fringe has to offer this year, and this is one adventure you do not want to miss.

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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Moore’s writing is consistently funny, and the ensemble is talented and clearly having a good time. Colleen Doyle’s direction skillfully amplifies the silliness of the show, especially in an energetic fight/chase toward the end. The only problem with The Book of Briarshire is its structure – it was originally done as a series of shorter pieces as part of Sacred Fools’ Serial Killers show and this production simply puts those pieces together. In its current form, the story feels compressed in a confusing way, and would benefit from expanding out the story and spending more time with the characters.

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

The Book of Briarshire takes a hero’s story and successfully subverts it. While keeping the storyline interesting and most importantly funny.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review