The drama begins on a thunderstruck night in 1980’s rural western Colorado, where an old merry go-round in an abandoned amusement park becomes refuge for two young men after a near-fatal accident, catapulting an unlikely friendship into an intimately intertwined journey through the trials of two starkly different life paths.
An early spring night is haunted by the sound of thunderstorm, over which roars the sound of a charging vehicle. Lights flicker and flash across dormant carousel horses, and for the next 90 minutes, the audience that stepped in off the Santa Monica Pier isn’t in Santa Monica anymore, but in the dramatic grips of An Illegal Start.
Presented by the wayfaring Santa Monica Public Theatre (SMPT) and directed by Tony-winning actor and SMPT founder Paul Sand, An Illegal Start is an original play with an extraordinary stage – the famed merry go-round inside the Santa Monica Pier's historic Looff Hippodrome building. Under the direction of Sand, An Illegal Start follows an unlikely friendship forged by a life-changing event, spirited by emotions that are humorous, heartfelt, complex, and ultimately relatable.
Presenter / Producer: Santa Monica Public Theatre
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 310-458-8901
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica CA 90401
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 2/10/2018 - 3/10/2018
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