3301 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90004    //////    213.351.3507

Jesus Ride

In photo: Jeffrey Hunter from KING OF KINGS, as seen through the photoshop-lens of graphic artist Shawn Stoner


Mike Schlitt, in association with Son of Semele, presents...

Jesus Ride

Written and performed by Mike Schlitt

Directed by Tracy Young


Extension Performances:
Saturday, April 14 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 21 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 28 @ 8pm
Saturday, May 5 @ 8pm
Saturday, May 12 @ 8pm

FringeNYC's Outstanding Solo Show
is back for an encore!

This production is made possible by SOSEhost, Son of Semele’s curated hosting program that provides artists with subsidized space, equipment and staffing to mount their works.

Jesus Ride is an epic comedic roller coaster ride through thirty-three films about Jesus Christ and the confessions of the secular humanist non-practicing Jewish movie zealot who watched them all. This multi-media solo piece written and performed by Mike Schlitt traces the origins of the rabbi who became the father of modern Christianity, from his first appearance on the written page to his most recent and lucrative cinematic incarnation. Part movie history, part personal odyssey, Jesus Ride is the story of two protagonists: one--the son of God, the other--son of a Hollywood TV writer.

Mike Schlitt is a founding member of the Actors’ Gang Theatre, two-time winner of the New York International Fringe Festival’s Outstanding Solo Performance award, and a recipient of the LADCC Margaret Harford award for outstanding contribution to Los Angeles Theater. Since 1983, he has produced, directed, written or performed in over 40 Actors’ Gang Productions. Favorites include directing the American Premiere of Georg Tabori’s MEIN KAMPF (Backstage West Garland Award Winner), adapting and directing Gogol’s THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (L.A. Weekly award nominee), co-writing and directing LITTLE MAN IN THE BOX (Dramalogue award winner, included in L.A. Times’ top 10 productions of the year), developing and directing ASYLUM (Dramalogue award winner) and directing and performing in two separate productions of the long running hit KLUB (L.A. Weekly award-Best Revival 2008). His work as a solo performer has been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and New York: DRIVE, HE SAID (Saxon Lee Gallery), MIKE’S INCREDIBLE INDIAN ADVENTURE (LATC, Flea Theatre, Portland Center Stage), JESUS RIDE (Here Arts, Soho Playhouse, Elephant Asylum, the Marsh) He has also made short films for Epic Records IN THE STUDIO WITH TENACIOUS D, FXM Network, JOE’S GYRO PALACE and Sony Pictures STUDIO HEAD. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, and believes he has discovered the perfect complement to a life in the theatre: working for movie studios in the oxymoronic field of "creative marketing".

Director Tracy Young has recently worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directing and co-adapting Moliere’s THE IMAGINARY INVALID, Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS; and directing Luis Alfaro’s BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. She co-created and directed MEDEA/MACBETH/CINDERELLA (with Bill Rauch) for Yale Repertory Theatre. For six years, Ms.Young was an artistic associate at the Cornerstone Theatre, directing several productions, including Shishir Kurup’s MERCHANT OF VENICE (Taper Too Workshop) and Yehuda Hyman’s CENTER OF THE STAR (Greenway Court). Original works include DREAMPLAY, a site specific piece performed in a swimming pool, and two long-running hit musicals HYSTERIA and EUPHORIA (Actors’ Gang). A multiple recipient of Ovation, L.A. Weekly and Backstage West Garland awards for directing and playwriting; she has received a P.E.N. West playwriting award, Center Theatre Group’s Robert Sherwood Directing Award, and was a finalist for Theatre Communications Group’s Allen Schneider Directing Award.


Producer: Matthew McCray
Writer/Actor: Mike Schlitt
Director: Tracy Young


$15, general
$12, student/senior/union


Son of Semele Theater
3301 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Free street parking. Please allow extra time to park. Street construction has limited the number of spaces in the area. If you would prefer to valet, you can park at the valet for Medusa Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.


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