Actress CRYSTAL BUSH Earns ‘Encore Producers Award’ at 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival with Premiere of New Solo Show ‘CHRISSY METH’
LOS ANGELES (July 5, 2019) – Actress Crystal Bush explores her personal story of addiction and redemption in her new original solo show CHRISSY METH - A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self. The recent premiere at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival earned the Encore Producers Award and a special repeat performance on July 20th.
In addition, Bush was nominated for the Diverse Diva Award presented by the Los Angeles Woman's Theatre Festival and the NoHo Review touts, “I love solo shows, but they are hard to get right, hard to balance, harder to perform. This is amongst the absolute best I have seen and I am thrilled Chrissy shared herself so poignantly with us. Bravo!!! Loved it!!”
Bush brings to life over 20 characters as she weaves us through a profound story, centered around "Crystal", a motherless child growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Not only does Crystal face the racially oppressive construct of her world, she also finds herself stumbling from one abusive relationship to the next, pushing her into a deep drug addiction. Somehow, from the depths, of being lost forever, she finds hope and begins to put the pieces back together.
Through the use of song, multimedia, humor and multiple characters, Crystal explores, questions and challenges beliefs and social mores surrounding identity, and self-esteem while showing that it’s never too late to comeback and find one’s self-worth.
To direct and help develop CHRISSY METH, Bush teamed up with Jessica Lynn Johnson, recipient of Best National Solo Artist Award and respected solo show specialist.
Almost 16 years since Bush reclaimed her life, she is excited to now share her story. Bush adds, “Digging up the past was very painful and sad at times during the process. My experiences during my years of addiction wasn’t pretty. But I believe the evolution to becoming a beautifully strong and compassionate woman and artist is a story that needs to be told.”
CHRISSY METH marks Bush’s return to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. In 2018, she starred as the desperate parent of a sickly child in Katie Letien’s emotional new play, 17th Floor.
Early on, Bush proved a stand-out on the stages of her Chicago hometown, earning the Black Theatre Alliance Award for her role in the acclaimed production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. She took her talents to Sacramento, CA, performing on the Delta King River Boat Theatre as Belle in A Christmas Carol; and at the Sacramento Performing Arts Center in A Piece of My Heart, a role that would prove one of her favorites portraying the true-life events of Officer Steele while serving during the Viet Nam war. From there, it was a natural jump to San Francisco, where she performed in numerous theatre productions throughout the Bay Area. Most notably, she appeared at the Berkeley Rep Theatre in Passing Strange, Big River at the Willows, Ragtime at Broadway by the Bay and Book of Days at TheatreWorks.
With a solid foundation in theatre, Bush jumped into the film, TV and digital arenas. Today, audiences can watch her on Netflix opposite veteran actor Stephen Baldwin in the independent faith-based film, God’s Club; and in a tale of humanity in the heart wrenching Death Row tale Dead Women Walking, available on Blackpills.
“CHRISSY METH - A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self”
2019 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL – SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Date/Time/Location: Saturday, July 20th @8pm -- Lounge Theatre (6201 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038)
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