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January 13, 2012

Back By Popular Demand:  L.A. Fringe Festival Hit “Flying Standby” Takes Flight Again

Los Angeles - January 2013 - Following its acclaimed sold out run as an official selection of the 2012 L.A. Fringe Theater Festival, playwright Tonya Meeks’ autobiographical tour de force “Flying Standby” has been slated for a limited return Winter engagement at the Electric Lodge, Venice Beach, CA. 

Meeks’ soaring theatrical roman à clef proffers a brilliantly crafted exposé of a mother-daughter flight plan gone reality-show-wrong - in all the right ways.   The real-life journey to rescue a mother lost, save a free-falling daughter from crashing, survive the turbulence of addiction - and most importantly stow just the right hairpiece in its full upright and locked position - become Icarus wings which carry theatergoers on a gorgeous glide of wit, pathos and the ultimate power of choosing.

Meeks’ one-woman portrayal of her family cast album is a performance Backstage hailed as “appealing, raw” and “full of love, truth and humor.”  Her seamless transformations between a mother in whom child protective services would certainly be interested, and the child struggling to navigate her own sense of conflicted identity, offer in themselves a master class of acting.  In “Flying Standby,” Meeks blows open her secret diary, sharing with her audience a lifelong passport stamped with suppressed embarrassment, shame, guilt and disappointment.  The comedic drama that happens in-flight is so unbelievably authentic, it could only be absolutely true.

“Flying Standby” offers a first class ticket to the dissection, betrayal, rejection and ultimate reconciliation of unconditional love.  It is a trip not to be missed.

Where: Electric Lodge: 416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 
When: Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 8 PM 
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