Written and performed by Ramy El-Etreby, THERIDE is a tale about struggling to reconcile seemingly conflicting identities: Gay, Arab, and Muslim.
After being outed publicly in the LA Times, Ramy’s world is turned upside down. As his relationship with his family becomes strained, so does his faith in God. THERIDE takes Ramy down a dark hole where he loses touch with the most precious parts of himself. Featuring multiple characters from Ramy’s life: his Egyptian immigrant parents, his caring best friend, and his snarky “catterpist” (that’s his cat/therapist), THERIDE offers lessons learned on Ramy’s bumpy road from self loathing to self love.
THERIDE received an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Fringe Diversity Scholarship. THERIDE first premiered at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks as part of Solofest 2016, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. Last year, THERIDE was featured at the Flux Factory in NYC as part of Mark For Redaction, an inter-disciplinary art show featuring LGBTQ artists from the Arab diaspora.
HOLLYWOODN'T is Lisa Verlo's solo show and personal journey across Hollywood's unsettling sexual landscape. Directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson, it is a musical memoir recounting Lisa’s experiences on the casting couches of LA.