A MOSTLY ONE-MAN SHOW
Written & Performed by Eli Hans
with Joseph Bennett
Directed by Meridith Grundei
Photos by: Scott Umstattd
The WORLD PREMIERE was a HIT!
ALL SHOWS SOLD-OUT in San Miguel de Allende, MX
with STANDING OVATIONS !
"A triumph!" "A tour de force musical." "Moving! Inspiring! Entertaining at the highest level." "Relentlessly charming and delightful." "An award-winning performance."
The Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival is a theatrical event in Los Angeles, with dozens of shows occurring in many venues, from June 9-26.
Out of The Blue is being presented at the Zephyr Theater at 7456 Melrose Avenue on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 PM.
Hope to see you there!
PLEASE WATCH THE FUN TRAILER BELOW
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Infused with humor and original music, Out of the Blue is a heart-warming and inspiring true story celebrating the resilience of the human spirit - and the power of intuition - in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
After a dire cancer diagnosis, Eli embarks on a memorable healing journey learning to make peace with his past, growing up as a gay kid on a quest for love. Playing nearly 25 characters, Eli takes the audience on an intimate ride filled with love, laughter, heartache and miracles.
When all is said and done, everyone - including this gay Mexican-Polish Jew living in America - deserves a chance to create a beautiful life truly worth living. Oy, vey!
NOTE: For MATURE audiences over16.
Trigger warning: cancer, sexuality, LGBTQ themes, suicide ideation and a couple f-bombs. For details click here.
SOME IMAGES FROM THE SHOW
Photos by Scott Umstattd
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
Zephyr Theatre, West Hollywood
June 10 and 11, 2022
Words of praise
after the World Premiere performances.
"As a theater critic for 30 years, never has a piece of theater so affected me personally. It’s relentlessly charming and delightful… full of heart, humor, and hope.”
Pat Launer - Emmy Award-winning theater critic, San Diego CA
“Wow! What an accomplishment! An award-winning performance and a first-class production all the way!” Michael Gottlieb - Artistic director, actor, author.
"A tour de force new musical! Eli’s balancing act combining drama and comedy, honesty and sensitivity, wit and wisdom, all made the 90-minutes seem like 90-seconds. Bravo!" Mark Saunders - Theatre producer, author.
"Delightfully straightforward, honest and earnest, amusing and moving, beautifully sung and cleverly staged. Bravo! Bravo!" Michael Dobbin - Theatre Director
"Polished, moving and beautifully told. The songs were not only entertaining, but memorable. The whole package was superbly engaging. I adored the show! Susan Page - Executive Director, San Miguel Writers' Conference
"A celebration of what fine live theatre can and should be! What a courageous, joyous ride you took us on!"
Christine Yannatelli - Audience member
"The show works from beginning to end. The music is delightful and creative, the story is hugely entertaining. I’ve only got two thumbs, but they’re both up for this production."
Doug Robinson - World Class musician/performer
"A triumph! Smart, insightful and compelling. Eli’s singing and acting are exceptional and contain enjoyable nods to classic musicals." Janette Higgins - Audience member
"What a brave, personal and moving story with great music, and with such universal themes. I left feeling like I wanted to hug everyone and myself a little tighter."
Stan Allen - Audience member
"A moving, compelling and relatable story about the human condition. Thousands of people need to see this."
Ted Englander - Audience member
"We would recommend Out of The Blue to our pickiest theater friends! We loved it! Paula Chess, Audience member
Hi, I'm Eli
For the past year and a half, through these unprecedented Covid times, I've been focused (OK, let's call it obsessed) on creating this show. I've been writing the script, lyrics and music, designing the set and costumes, and pulling together a super talented creative team.
My dream is to share my healing adventure of overcoming cancer - and other life-changing events against all odds - to inspire others to thrive, in spite of great challenges in our lives.
All while having a fabulous, heart-warming and entertaining evening of theater together!
And guess what? It already happened! And audiences loved it! Now onward to the next step: The Hollywood Fringe Festival in June!
Writer, actor, and apparently...
composer and lyricist!
Set and Costumes
OUR CREATIVE TEAM
I'm eternally grateful for the love, care,
and expertise of our talented creative team.