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: Full-Length Plays

He Asked For It

Character Breakdown: 6M, 1F

Running Time: Full Length (2 hours)

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"He Asked for It is a virally gay-centric play, very out there, and sometimes an eye-opener in its frankness and language. Despite the heated sex talk, unbelievable but apparently true practices, and porn-bespattered dialogue, its shock value is in the realization that rather than merely casual sex, most wish lists include a universal desire for identity, acceptance, and connection...Director Neil H. Weiss keeps things moving at a lively pace, getting excellent performances on the simple set...Patterson's world premiere play is funny, wicked, and a bit shocking, moving quickly from comedy to drama."

Back Stage West, Madeleine Shaner

"Frequent flashes of potent behavioral truth... Patterson's brightest gifts -- authentic idiom, sharp humor, beautifully layered dialogue -- are on display, and the players embrace the swerving stakes...This is a brave, worthy take on a difficult topic."

Los Angeles Times, David C. Nichols

"Writer Erik Patterson has written an AIDS play with a difference. His take on the subject is fresh, provocative and unpredictable, his characters are engagingly human, and he finds plenty of comedy along the way."

LA Weekly, Neal Weaver

"Gay-themed dramas charting thematic territory that feels truly new are rare, and those that pack a knockout dramatic punch are even harder to come by...Erik Patterson's gripping and intelligent new play feels like a watershed piece. This is a frank and eye-opening view of contemporary urban gay culture that's hard-hitting without being exploitative. It's as funny as it is tragic, eloquently reflecting the bittersweet contradictions of life...this is a vital new work deserving strong audience support...There's much to celebrate here, including Neil H. Weiss' crisp and finely nuanced direction and Egender's charismatic and heart-wrenching portrayal. There are sterling contributions from Morehouse, Neiman, Scher, Sigl and other supporting performers. A splendid production design, with a sophisticated high-tech feel, enhances the crackling dramatic tension."

IN LA Magazine, Les Spindle

"The show is really a treat: sexy, provocative, controversial and hilarious to boot... brave and brazen."

BeOneCity.com

"An amazing play...a phenomenal play...It was funny and sexy and dirty and smart and hilarious and sad and painful and thought-provoking and amazingly moving...I walked out of He Asked for It and into the cold rain simply thrilled with the whole experience. As I drove home, I said to myself, 'This is why actors need to do really great theatre. This is why casting directors need to get their asses out there and see really great theatre.'"

showfax.com, Bonnie Gillespie

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Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose

Part One of An American Family Trilogy

Character Breakdown: 4M, 5F

Running Time: Full Length (2 hours, 30 minutes)

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"Erik Patterson’s strange new play is one that takes you by surprise and ravishes you...he’s clearly a playwright with more on his mind than the naturalistic details and fraught comedy of dysfunctional relationships, both of which he nails when he gets around to it; it’s the getting-around-to-it part that shows Patterson’s formal and philosophical ambitions..."

Backstage West, Rob Kendt
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"'Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose' is so bold and imaginative and clever in the way it, and the characters, transcend the horror [of childhood sexual abuse] that it comes off, triumphantly, as real. The playwright Erik Patterson has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and his characters never sound phony, even in their kinkiest moments...[The play is] an eloquent testament to the redemptive power of truth, and the tyranny of secrets and lies."

IN Los Angeles Magazine, Greg Owen

"Packs a considerable emotional wallop, not to mention a hefty quotient of mordant wit."

Los Angeles Times, F. Kathleen Foley

"Daring in its frank approach to the subject matter and mesmerizing in its skillful blend of ironic humor and stark tragedy."

Frontiers Magazine, Les Spindle

"[A] sublime meditation on the psychic injuries of incest, and how to heal them…An effortless intermingling of introspective drama and very funny comedy."

LA Weekly, Martin Hernandez

"Patterson manages to grip us with the obvious pathos while, at the same time, daring us to laugh; and we do, a lot. The drama of the piece is filled with embarrassed laughter, scandalized snickers, comic relief, chuckles of disbelief, and just plain humor - all of it dark."

ShowMag.com, Dave DePino

"Uncomfortably beautiful."

Santa Monica Mirror, Anne Kelly-Saxenmeyer

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Red Light, Green Light

Part Two of An American Family Trilogy


Mandy Freund as Little B and Trevor Olsen as Caleb

Character Breakdown: 7M, 6F

Running Time: Full Length (2 hours, 30 minutes)

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PICK OF THE WEEK: "Patterson weaves a heart-wrenching tale that director Miguel Montalvo and his sterling ensemble portray with earnest emotion and comic aplomb."

LA Weekly, Martin Hernandez
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"Take an ordinary, screwed-up family--okay, maybe not so ordinary but definitely screwed up--and allow them to be honest with each other for the first time, and you have a powerful evening of love, American style. A mother researches every nuance of gay life (from sex toys to Matthew Shepard) in order to understand her son; a sister becomes Bjork to deal with abuse trauma; a daughter/mother/lap-dancer finally finds herself; a brother falls in love despite his tortured past. Every member of this extended family steals your heart as they daringly begin to recognize their own. Dark, funny, and searingly insightful, playwright Erik Patterson is on the road to great renown."

Flavorpill.net, Lee Bradley

"With last year's 'Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose,' Erik Patterson emerged as a compelling new voice who could fashion strangely seductive drama and mine richly moving comedy from the deep domestic trauma of a broken family as it pieced itself back together...In his new sequel, 'Red Light Green Light,' Patterson's complicated empathy for his flawed characters, as well as his disarming wit, are in full effect."

Los Angeles Times, Rob Kendt

"Erik Patterson is a mere 26, but may very well be the next great American playwright. His keen insight into the human condition comes alive in the second installment of his American Family Trilogy...You will come away uplifted and full of hope."

NoHo LA, Don Grigware

"Effectively juxtaposes the ugly realities of the subject matter against a redemptive sense of humor."

Frontiers Magazine, Les Spindle

"Patterson's play is a complex, non-linear affair...The work is an uplifting piece, peppered with marvelous speeches, economical writing, and lightning fast exchanges. I can't wait for the final installment in the trilogy."

OUT Magazine, Matthew Breen

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Sick

Character Breakdown: 4M, 3F

Running Time: Full Length (1 hour, 30 minutes)

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: One-Act Plays

Tonseisha


Fay Kato as Akiko, David Conner as Robert, Hugo Armstrong as Richard Brautigan

Character Breakdown: 5M, 1F

Running Time: 1 Hour

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"Erik Patterson's Tonseisha is the highlight of the triple bill, an odd story of how a Japanese woman’s obsession with the writer Richard Brautigan both enriches and destroys her life. Patterson’s writing is original, poetic and funny..."

LA Weekly, Terry Morgan

"A strong theatrical heartbeat."

Backstage West, Brad Schreiber

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: Ten-Minute Plays

Tip of the Tongue

Character Breakdown: 1M, 1F

Running Time: 10 minutes

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