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Bootleg Theater presents
Edinburgh Fringe First Award (RUNT) and
NAACP AWARD Winning Michael Phillip Edwards
 in his hard hitting new one man play

Confronting America's current RACE identity crisis.


"A blistering rumination on identity and race," ('RECOMMENDED) is how Deborah Klugman of LA.Stage Raw Magazine describes Michael Phillip Edwards multi character solo performance of "I Am Not Sam"

A white celebrity jailed and isolated for drug abuse believes he is being haunted in his cell by the ghost of his deceased grandfather; a 93 year old Black man named SAM. The man who taught the celebrity how to hide his BLACK origins in order to be successful in America.

Directed by Gordon Parks Award Winner Tamika Lamison
Produced by Niyah Julius Edwards
Executive Produced by Paula Neiman
September 3 - 6, Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00


“Graceful, angry, passionate and funny.” SPLASH MAGAZINE

Sahara Vision Productions and the Bootleg Theater present

Performed by Erica Gimpel
Written by Michael P. Edwards

“All these individuals are evoked by Gimpel with chameleon-like craft, its not merely the successful adoption of multiple personas that makes this an admirable performance, however, it’s the willingness of the performer to go deep, to carry us with her, even though she’s broken, to a bottomless place.” Stage Raw ~ Our Top Ten ~ Deborah Klugman

A poet-actress by day, in call Prostitute by night named Denise walks the dangerous line between beauty and something totally different, as she experiences what could be her last day alive in Los Angeles.

September 10 - 20
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm
$15 online, $20 Day Of


ERICA GIMPEL is known internationally for her performance as “Coco Hernandez” in the groundbreaking hit series FAME. Erica has gone on to star in numerous TV shows including: TRUE BLOOD, CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY’S ANATOMY, NIKITA, RIZZOLI & ISLES, HOUSE, ER, PROFILER, and VERONICA MARS.

Film credits include: TUESDAY MORNING RIDE with Ruby Dee, Wayne Wang’s SMOKE opposite Forest Whitaker, Abel Ferrara’s THE KING OF NEW YORK with Christopher Walken, Hal Hartely’s NO SUCH THING with Helen Mirren and the just completed ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM, opposite Harry Lennix and Aunjanue Ellis.

Off-Broadway and Regional theater credits include: originating the roles of “Mayme” in Lynn Nottages’s award-winning INTIMATE APPARELL, “Glory Bee” in Sam Shepard’s STATES OF SHOCK opposite John Malkovich, “Nelly” in Jose Rivera’s EACH DAY DIES WITH SLEEP, and her most recent performance of multiple characters in the tour-de-force, one-woman play SISTER by Michael Phillip Edwards.

Erica is the recipient of the LA Femme Film Festival’s “INNOVATIVE AWARD”, and is also an active member of the world peace organization, the SGI-USA dedicated to pursuing the values of peace, culture and education.

WRITE CLUB Los Angeles is:
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/ 2 opposing ideas
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Net proceeds go to charities of winners' choosing

Pay-What-You-Can $5 - $25

Literature as Bloodsport.
Prize money to charity.

MONDAY Sept 14 @ 7pm
And the 2nd Monday of every month


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