World Premiere Of Intense Drama I AM CHARLIE Opens Sept. 14 at The Promenade Playhouse

World Premiere Of Intense Drama I AM CHARLIE Opens Sept. 14 at The Promenade PlayhousePromenade Playhouse and El Gato Rojo Productions present the world premiere of playwright Stephen A Cardinal's "I AM CHARLIE." The intense drama will be directed by Tom Waters, starring Joe Le Mieux, and opens September 14 through October 21, 2018. Additional information and tickets will go on sale 8/15 through

I Am Charlie explores the question: Why is the Charlie meme chiseled in granite when other 20th Century memes (JFK, for example) are completely and continuously malleable?

Most people will agree what was bizarre in 1969 would be old news in a few days and forgotten in a week.

I Am Charlie is NOT the play you were expecting about Charles Manson. It looks at the Charles Manson story (Among other things) through the mind of Charlie himself.

The plot uses stage devices and audio-visual technology to immerse the audience as participants. The audience becomes part of the play. The distance between fact and fiction is reduced, mimicking the blurring of truth and fiction in contemporary news media. Because we don't really know the complete fact and fiction of the Manson story and the effects it has had on society in the last fifty years the play leaves it up to the audience to make that judgment on their own.


  • Playwright Stephen A. Cardinal
  • Director Tom Waters
  • Artistic Director Natalia Lazarus
  • Produced by El Gato Rojo and Promenade Playhouse
  • Set Design Sam Judy and Tom Waters
  • Lighting Design Sam Judy
  • Video Design Prin Baker
  • Publicity Sandra Kuker PR


  • Joe Le Mieux - "Charlie Manson"
  • Astrid Stromdal - "Ring Girl / Lovely"

I AM CHARLIE runs September 14 - October 21, 2018, at The Promenade Playhouse. Located at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. 90401. Performances will be Friday & Saturday 8:00PM, and Sunday 2:00PM.

General Admission: $35.00

Tickets on sale: www.promenadeplayhouse.comor call (310) 656-8070 and Brown Paper Tickets, Plays411

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