Hollywood Fringe…Get virtual with Lovvespear
Maatology Productions returns to Fringe debuting a modernized Shakespearean love tragedy in the virtual production, '3 Way Lovve.'
LOS ANGELES/ST. LOUIS/ATLANTA –When
you mix a troubled,street painter with strokes
of fame and a palette of unstable relationships
along the way, you have painted the perfect
imagery for the virtual-play, for Hollywood
Fringers to view.
3 Way Lovve is about to make its world premiere produced by
Maatology Productions and performing in July virtually for On the
3 Way Lovve is an updated Shakespearean tragedy with its lead
character, Willie Kenwood aka Lovvespear, a talented street painter
who is discovered by an art tycoon, Guy Kenwood, who adopts him in
his late teens and molds him into a famous graphic artist as well as
his secret paramour. Throughout his artistic journey, Willie develops a
relationship with his female muse, Robyn, who helps him early on in
his art career by giving him solace to paint at her Mafia-ran
coffeeshop which she manages. Willie also meets and marries his
college professor, Shareen, whose age differences and challenges of
child bearing become the thrust of their relationship woes.
Told from a flash forward-to-flashback-to-present perspective, 3 Way
Lovve is loosely based on the life of the late, renowned painter,
Basquiat and his relationship with a then unknown upcoming singer,
Madonna and his mentorship with pop art icon Andy Warhol—it also
has a bit of Shakespearan dialogue from the lead character to give it
“an Othellowean flavor” along with a graphics storyboard with a
This production also will make Maatology Productions return to the
Hollywood Fringe Festival (it made its debut in 2018 with the
immersive comedy Snap Honey) participating in its Stay At Home
Project during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We thought it was time to return to Fringe especially after our first
experience which was very challenging with the time constraints of
setting up a play,” said Marcus Ma'at Atkins, the show's co-creator
and co-writer. “Now that everything is virtual, its much easier to put on
a show, but the process has been part of our pre-production regimen
for rehearsing actors and actresses since producing [our show]'Snap
Honey'and bringing it to The Complex in Los Angeles in 2016.”
3 Way Lovve has been a labor of love since 2003 when Atkins helped to write the first draft of the stageplay with his former journalist colleague and current Los Angeles publicist, Keith Underwood.
“It (3 Way Lovve) never had the chance to be seen on stage over the years, just drafts and a few failed attempts to rehearse with a cast,” Atkins said. “It slowly became part of an abandoned idea collecting dust until I decided to stage it this year before the pandemic hit in March.”
Helping him resurrect 3 Way Lovve is his production company team member, Andrea Jacobs--a retired Army veteran, UCLA graduate and former talent agent in the Los Angeles area--who's been working with Maatology Productions since 2016.
Jacobs, who directed 3 Way Lovve and helped revise the stageplay, said, “Although I have been in front of the camera several times, my passion lies behind it. The experience of directing [3 Way Lovve] has been very rewarding.”
She also said she was ready for the challenge of directing 3 Way Lovve.
“It has made me look at my own past and brought it to life. It's going to be an eye-opener for many viewers as it can be related to on so many levels with its complex set of characters.”
3 Way Lovve
Co-Created and Co-Written by Marcus Ma’at Atkins and Keith Underwood
Co-written and Directed by Andrea Jacobs
Produced by Maatology Productions
DATES AND TIMES: (six shows)
Thursday, July 23 6 p.m. PT/8pm CT/9pm ET (*preview)
Friday, July 24 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. PT/5pm & 8pm CT/6pm & 9pm ET)
Saturday, July 25 3p.m. & 6p.m. PT/5pm & 8pm CT/6pm &9pm ET)
Sunday, July 26 3p.m. PT/5pm CT/6pm ET
On The Virtual Fringe Facebook Live
General Admission: $5
$4 for Fringe community
$2.50 for Fringe participants (with code “FRINGESNAPPERS”)
Preview show is Pay-What-You-Can
Marcus Ma’at Atkins