• Good Shows Presents
    The Book of Briarshire
    By Kelly Moore
    An Epic Medieval Fantasy Comedy, Where Kickass Women Rule
    Directed by Colleen Doyle
    Produced by Conor Hanney

    Five Performances at The Broadwater, Second Stage
    During The Hollywood Fringe Festival
    Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 10, 2019 – 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 HanneyThe Book of Briarshire is an epic medieval fantasy comedy, where kick-ass 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 and can be purchased at https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/6131.

    CAST & CREW:

    Cast – 
    • Kelly Moore – Ylva
    • Emily Bolcik – Skittles
    • Debbie Fry – Wormleg
    • Celeste Pechous – The King
    • Marina Mastros – Magic
    • Anatasha Blakely – The Cobbler
    • Mandi Bossard – Sir Holden
    • Lindsey Mallard – The Dragon
    • Megan Reisberg – Glorfindel, The Elf Lord
    • Ryan Marsico – Soldier
    • Justin Michael Terry – Soldier

    Crew – 
    • Kelly Moore – Writer
    • Colleen Doyle – Director
    Conor Hanney – Producer

    The Book of Briarshire is part of The 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, an annual fringe theatre festival now in its 9th year held in Los Angeles every June. Conor Hanney is also producing eight other shows for the festival under the Good Shows banner, including two musicals, which he wrote, Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical (the first ensemble show to have a majority cast of actors with cognitive disabilities at Fringe) and Stranger Things 2: The Musical Tribute (with all original music inspired by the sound of 1984). For the other shows, Hanney has recruited some of the most talented undiscovered writer-performers in LA to craft their own visions on a blank canvas with no parameters: Callie Ott with Dear Jeff: A Musical Comedy About Suicide & Domestic Abuse, Stanson Chung with Checking In at The Last Resort, Lindsey Mallard with Meet Me in Mizzery, Rob Zaleski with One Hump Heart, and Briarshire’s Emily Bolcik with Stuff i think is funny and good. Hanney will also be performing in The One-Man Improvised Musical at the festival.


    Kelly Moore [Writer, Lead Actress] –
    Kelly Moore is an actor, writer, and visual and performance artist. After growing up in Houston, Texas, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received her BFA in Drawing. She became involved in improvised comedy and acting back in Houston and performed on several house teams at the New Movement. Moore later continued her art education and got her MFA from The California College of the Arts (CalArts) where her thesis focused on performance art. She moved to Los Angeles and became involved with iO West, performing on the house team Swearwolves. She currently performs at Second City Hollywood on Long Form team, Girl Pope. Moore has drawn from her comedic as well as her visual and performance art background to write and create The Book of Briarshire.

    Colleen Doyle
    [Director] –
    Colleen Doyle is an actor, writer, teacher, and director. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as Fresh Off the Boat and the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Doyle taught at iO Chicago and iO West, where she also served as Artistic Director and Training Center Director. In Chicago, Doyle performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap. In LA, Doyle teaches at Westside Comedy and Second City Hollywood and performs with the ensembles Dummy and The Village Bicycle. She also co-hosts the podcast Tell Me If I’m Wrong with comedian Ever Mainard. Doyle’s thrilled to be directing the fabulous coven of Briarshire! For more info, please visit thecolleendoyle.com.

    Conor Hanney
    [Producer] –
    Conor Hanney is a writer-lyricist-composer for actors with cognitive disabilities. He was a writer-lyricist-composer on Netflix’s Prince of Peoria, Creative Executive at DreamWorks Animation, writer on Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide, and is currently a writer-lyricist-composer on Netflix’s new The Healing Powers of Dude. He wrote Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical (1 award, 4 other noms at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival), Stranger Things: The Musical Tribute (sold-out run at El Cid), Best Buddies: The Hip-Hop Musical (3 awards, 1 other nom at the 2018 Fringe), and is producing nine shows for the 2019 Fringe Festival, including Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical, the first ensemble show to have a majority cast of actors with cognitive disabilities at Fringe. Hanney is repped by Zach Cox at Circle of Confusion and Sheryl Petersen at APA for TV/Feature Lit in LA and Beth Blickers at APA for Theater Lit in NY.


    Links – 
    • Tickets – https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/6131
    The Book of Briarshire FB Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/242681759935352
    The Book of Briarshire Instagram –  https://www.instagram.com/BookofBriarshire
    • Good Shows Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GoodShowsFringe
    • Good Shows Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/GoodShowsFringe
    • Images – https://tinyurl.com/BriarshirePhotos


    For more information, photos, to schedule an interview, or to request complimentary press tickets, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

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