Johnny '81 - Boyhood Tales from West Hollywood

solo performance · written & performed by john gonzales · Ages 16+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere

It’s 1981! The corpse of DISCO, the flames of PUNK, the plastic smell of NEW WAVE, and the balls of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, all converge and merge on a seemingly peaceful street in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA, along with the stories of a 12-YEAR-OLD BOY raised by a PILL-POPPING SINGLE MOTHER and the many GAY MEN in their life.

“Storytelling with a pulse!”

“Rock ‘n’ roll storytelling from a master raconteur!”

“John Gonzales takes you on a personal journey of nostalgia infused with a huge dose of charm.”

“It’s Kevin Kling meets Quentin Tarantino!”

Are YOU ready for a SOUL seeking, HEART speaking, LAUGH steeping, EYE weeping, STREET screaming, PAVEMENT bleeding, LOVE seeding, SPIRIT leading, MIND freezing, BACKBONE squeezing, WHAT-The-Freaking, MOTHER-bleeping GOOD TIME of STORYTELLING MAGIC?

JOHN GONZALES presents the World Premiere of his one-man show, JOHNNY ’81.

Tickets on sale now!


- Fri 6/07 – 8:15pm (preview)

- Fri 6/14 – 8:15pm

- Sun 6/16 – 3:45pm

- Sat 6/22 – 1:45pm

- Sat 6/29 – 8:15pm

Ruby Theatre at The Complex Hollywood
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038

Running time: 90 Minutes
Recommended ages: 16+

Written & Performed by John Gonzales


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Production Team

hannah mcdonald *

stage manager

john gonzales *


* Fringe Veteran