ensemble theatre · the mechanical heart · Ages 13+ · United States

world premiere

LA Post says, “Entertaining and very “today”…No matter how hip or high-tech you are the heart is just a heart. Endearing characters and a creative imagination”

Gia On The Move says “#Hashtag is a must see at the Hollywood Fringe… Definitely worth the hour spent in the theatre. And don’t forget to hashtag it!”

“#Hashtag was fun and touching all wrapped up in a witty social commentary. Solid characters performed by a great ensemble.”
“Clever, funny, and heartbreaking, this is new satire that says be careful what you wish for.”

“Set against the modern “social” networks of twitter/Facebook/and text, this smart work explores life in and out if the network and in my opinion is is well worth the price of admission."

“This exuberant, funny, smart group of actors have conjured up a current, innovative commentary on social media.”

“This stellar ensemble provides a real world, real time experiment in exploiting social media. Hands down a must see!”

“Have you ever seen a show that perfectly captures the ridiculous current #trends with aplomb? I have. It is called #hashtag.”

“An apt and sometimes frightening portrayal of how we’ve invited technology to play a leading role in our lives. Clever, yes, but also cautionary.”

“What’s next?” Where do you go when you don’t know what you want from your career? From your relationships? From life?
#Hashtag is a new comedy devised by The Mechanical Heart. It explores the other kind of LA gridlock: the daily struggle to remain engaged in the present moment in a culture built on social media and status anxiety.

As the audience enters the Elephant Space, they are encouraged to keep their phones ON, take photos and video (which they can upload to Instagram and Youtube) and live-tweet the characters onstage.

Production Team

jeffrey wienckowski *

co-writer, director

dana murphy *

co-writer, co-director

brian johnson *

co-writer, actor

nathan turner *

co-writer, actor

spencer howard *

co-writer, actor

leland montgomery *

co-writer, actor

* Fringe Veteran