DYLAN BRODY'S DRIVING HOLLYWOOD to Launch Tour at Chicago's Apollo Theater

DYLAN BRODY'S DRIVING HOLLYWOOD to Launch Tour at Chicago's Apollo TheaterBlue Panther Productions presents award winning humorist Dylan Brody in his new solo show "Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood" starting at Chicago's Apollo Theater May 3 running thru May 20. Nancy Carlin directs.

The show's multi-city tour takes off in Chicago before traveling on to Barcelona's Teatro Tinta Roja May 25 thru 27, London's Canal Cafe Theatre June 9 thru 17 and ending with a grand finale in New York at a venue TBA.

Driving into Hollywood to meet a big time player that could change the course of his career, Dylan Brody flashes back to his boyhood in Schuylerville New York recalling how he showed off his precociousness by carrying around Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment with a bunch of Marvel comics tucked inside.

Continually raising his hand to challenge his teachers' assertions, he was a regular at the principal's office where his father, a professor at Skidmore College, was also called in ostensibly to reprimand his son but instead generously offered to "hear both sides of the story". With his signature wit and playfulness he goes on to describe early misunderstandings working in the entertainment industry and his adult life as a comic and writer in Los Angeles. In a town where success and fame is constantly almost happening, Brody's uplifting and hilarious stories combine passion and heartbreak with unique humor to leave us with a spark of hope at the intersection of art and commerce.

Actor/comedian and award winning writer Dylan Brody is one of America's leading humorists. He's shared the stage with some of the comedy world's biggest stars including Adam Sandler, Richard Belzer and Jerry Seinfeld. His TV credits include A&E's Comedy on the Road, FOX TV's Comedy Express and Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza. Brody opened three years running for fellow humorist David Sedaris who's said of his work, "Funny and fascinating...Unique and unpredictable". He has been called "a funny storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain" by legendary editor Paul Krassner and his writing has been referred to as "brilliant" by Robin Williams. With six comedy albums and four published books Brody's repertoire continues to expand along with his popularity as a live performer.

Nancy Carlin has directed and performed extensively in theaters that include American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theater and San Francisco Playhouse, among others. She's co-author of the new musical "Max Understood", which was developed at O'Neill National Music Theater Conference and premiered at San Francisco's Cowell Theater last spring. A member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild, she's a theater arts lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State.

Laura Lundy is the founder and executive producer of Blue Panther Productions. Blue Panther's productions include award-winning comedienne Alicia Dattner's "The Oy of Sex" in New York, celebrated Toronto dancer/performance artist Sara Porter's "Sara Does A Solo" in S. F. and Scott Charles' 2015 drama "Dinner with Augie" in the S.F. Bay Area. She co-founded and was original artistic director of San Francisco's Virago Theatre Company where she produced and directed Candide, Three Penny Opera and A Taste of Honey along with many original plays. She acted in Virago's AROUSAL paired with Pinter's The Lover (2014) and "The Singularity" (2015), both of which were performed at NYC's Flea Theater to critical acclaim.

"Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood" begins at the Apollo Theater (2540 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL) on Wednesday May 3 and plays thru Saturday May 20. All shows are Wed. thru Sat. at 8PM. Tickets are $25 and $35 for VIP front row seats plus post show meeting and photo op. For tickets call the box office at (773) 935-6100 or purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com/Apollo-Theater-tickets-Chicago/venue/57346. Also go to www.dylanbrodysdrivinghollywood.com for tickets and information regarding all performances.

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