World Premiere of Play "The Trial of Dali" Opens at Hollywood Fringe Festival

Get Ready to 'Get Surreal,' says Playwright Andrew Jacob

Jun 13, 2014, 04:15 ET from Director Trace Oakley

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Go back in time to when artist Salvador Dali returned to Spain from the U.S. and discover what "real surrealism" is about.  The play The Trial of Dali opens this weekend on Friday, June 13th at the Hollywood Fringe Festival at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. 

The original farce, written by playwright (and fellow painter) Andrew Jacob, depicts the fictional legal troubles of the flamboyant Surrealist as he's prosecuted by a vengeful attorney bent on proving Dali's life and art has violated the "moral code" of Spain.  Coming at a time when Dali is financially and artistically broke (though he'd never admit it), he finds his best defense (and consolation) is his art.

"Don't expect to get an intellectual exercise on Dali's work.  This show is surprising and has 'in your face' surrealistic humor," said Director Trace Oakley.  "Although it's depicting a fictional trial decades ago, it still resonates with modern day issues of society expecting artists to 'stay in the box,' which is inherently contrary to art in its definition," he said.  "I think Dali would approve."

The play opens at the Lounge Theatre at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd with a performance on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 6pm.  The Lounge Theatre is completely renovated with a lounge area where guests of the show can enjoy beverages before and after the show and network with other producers, actors and theatre lovers.

One of the producers has described the show as "almost Marx brothers" in its tone, even calling it a "giddy romp."  Since there are fewer than 50 tickets available, it's recommended patrons purchase tickets in advance.  Tickets may be purchased online on the Hollywood Fringe Festival website.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access festival held each June in Hollywood, California.  Fully-equipped theatres, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers.

SOURCE Director Trace Oakley