Here There Be Dragons

solo performance · rogue elephant · Ages 18+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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AURORA CULVER · June 05, 2016
A wonderful one person show, allowing the audience to take their own personal journey through the performer's own experiences. Commodore is a perfect asset, creating a comfortable atmosphere where the audience lowers their guard and truly is present and listening.... full review

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ALISON LOGAN · June 06, 2016
It was a genuinely authentic roller coaster of so many emotions; a real treat!... full review

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TOBIAS SANCHEZ certified reviewer · June 06, 2016
Loved it! Going back for final performance. ... full review

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MATT RITCHEY · June 12, 2016
A fantastic meditation on what it means to deny being yourself and how to find the way back to what you truly are. Drew Vandiver is not only an amazing writer and performer, but has had some incredible experiences, and I relate to so much of what he's done and been through that I was personally very affected - I feel we all will be: this isn't a story of someone finding themselves as an artist, it's the story of us finding and not being afraid of our selves. ... full review

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FRANCESCA MANZI certified reviewer · June 27, 2016
Loved it!... full review

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RACHEL FLANAGAN discover hollywood magazine · June 12, 2016
Drew Vandiver studied Theatre, Literature, and Mathematics and has been a sawmill worker, a bouncer, a high school teacher, an accountant, a drug dealer, an actor, manager of the world’s largest Victoria’s Secret, and a writer among many other career paths. He has quite the life experience, work experience, and flair for comedy that it is no surprise Here There Be Dragons takes through laughter and tears as he relays some of the stories from his life so far. Commodore, the Ukrainian pup that has been by Drew’s side since 2012, adds a little extra to the story with his own commentary and wandering through the audience looking for attention and a few good belly rubs. As Drew guides the audience through various touching points in his life from ... full review

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SARA FENTON · June 08, 2016
#seeitLA... full review

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MONICA HAFER certified reviewer · June 14, 2016
I'm going to be looking forward to more from this writer. This was an incredibly funny and touching show. It felt like the best advice you'd get from your crazy, ex-alcoholic grandfather who is also buddha. Will be waiting impatiently for what comes next.... full review

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KAT MICHELS · June 10, 2016
tagged as: #SeeItLa · dog · georgia · philosophy · dragon · camel · solo show · storytelling
Drew Vandiver is a natural storyteller and his charisma will draw you in from the start. His story is one of disillusionment, loss, wrong paths, new beginnings and philosophy. Plus a psychic from Seattle to round things out. As the backbone of his story, Vandiver uses Nietzsche’s three metamorphoses of spiritual transformation which provides a lovely metaphorical element to his otherwise grounded story. Vandivir is joined on stage by his Ukranian dog Commodore who is adorable and has an impeccable sense of smell - I apologize again for the carne asada incident (tune into episode 2 of the See It or Skip It LA podcast to hear about that). Thankfully, Vandiver is a consummate performer and didn’t miss a beat when his cohort went exploring in... full review

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BRIN HAMBLIN · June 19, 2016
I want Drew to tell me stories everyday. I really feel like I cannot put into words how this show made me feel other than...everything on the spectrum of emotions. I laughed, cried, felt like I was in the most well constructed therapy session of my life, I wanted to meditate, I wanted to participate in the conversation, I wanted to reach out and hug him. I sat in the front row and typically that makes me feel insanely uncomfortable, not knowing the performer(s) or anything about what I'm about to watch... but I immediately felt connected to Drew, as if he were already a friend. I found that my usual unfocused eyes were completely affixed on him. I couldn't stop feeling like I was the only person in the room and we were just having a chat... full review

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