THE TLAO BARBIE AND G.I. JOE to Open 6/18 at The Complex Ruby Theatre

THE TLAO BARBIE AND G.I. JOE to Open 6/18 at The Complex Ruby Theatre

Hollywood Fringe Festival Favorite, Master Storyteller, and Voiceover Artist, Bill Ratner, the cartoon voice of G.I. Joe's "Flint," returns in 2014 with The True Life Adventures of Barbie and G.I. Joe. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:15 p.m. The show runs June 18th through June 28th at The Complex Theaters, Ruby Room (6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038). Tickets are $10 and available at: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1688

The True Life Adventures of Barbie and G.I. Joe features the world's toughest super-soldiers and America's iconic blonde bimbo in a steamy true story of media terrorism and the fleecing of families worldwide. Hang out in the recording booth with the TV Cartoon voice of G.I. Joe's "Flint," and follow media terrorists into the toy store for the wildly funny, true story of the most effective mega-merchandising campaigns (and the sneakiest voice transformations) in the history of toydom. Learn why Mattel's mom felt the world needed Barbie. Witness their humiliation as Barbie finds out that neither Ken nor Warrant Officer Flint have very much going on down there. No longer just a 12-inch male Barbie-doll, G.I. Joe morphed into a team of 3 1/2-inch master-fighters who would battle world terrorism, and together with Barbie overpower the wallets of children everywhere. From the darkest Christmas night ever, to the G.I. Joe voiceover auditions, and the gathering of real live troops at G.I. Joe/Con, hear the story of Barbie and G.I. Joe as it's never been told before.

Bill Ratner (Writer/Performer) is one of Hollywood's most successful voiceover performers. He is a 9-time winner of The Moth StorySLAMs, and his stories are featured on KCRW's "Strangers," and NPR's "The Business" and "Good Food." He is heard on movie trailers: Peabody & Sherman, Rio 2, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, On The Road, Will Ferrell's The Campaign, Casa de mi Padre, Talladega Nights, promos for CBS-TV's hit show Under the Dome, commercials for V-8, Sprint, Pizza Hut, Hyundai, and he is the voice of "Flint" on the original G.I. Joe animated series - a role he reprised for Robot Chicken, and Family Guy. He is "Donnel Udina" in Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3; the radio voice on Grand Theft Auto, the voice of documentary programs Air Disasters, I Almost Got Away With It, and Behind Mansion Walls on Discovery and Smithsonian, and he performs in nightclubs, theaters, and storytelling festivals around the country. Bill was honored with BEST OF HOLLYWOOD FRINGE EXTENSION in 2012 and 2013 for his two previous solo shows, Bobbywood and Voices in my Head. Bill teaches voiceovers for SAG-AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Don La Fontaine Memorial Voiceover Laboratory where he serves on the advisory board. He is a member of Actors Equity, National Storytelling Network, and SAG-AFTRA. http://www.billratner.com.

For more information about the show please go to http://www.hff14.org/1688. The True Life Adventures of Barbie and G.I. Joe performances are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:15 p.m. The show runs June 18th through June 28th at The Complex Theaters, Ruby Room (6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 90038). Tickets are $10 and available at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1688

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