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Drunk Lion


Drunk Lion

The Newsroom

5 - 11 Leith Street
The Downstairs Bar : AUG 1-4, 7-19, 21-25 at 17:00 (60 min) - Free

Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion

Written & performed by Chris Davis

Directed by Mary Tuomanen

Drunk Lion follows an alcoholic Lion who spends his days drinking into oblivion in a cantina, until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love, and alcohol.

"...imaginative, free-flowing story-telling of very high quality."

- Wee Review ★★★★★

"...an excellent and thought-provoking show which makes a metaphor come alive."

- Three Weeks ★★★★

"...a potent success."

- Broadway Baby ★★★★

"...humorous as it is tragic, poignant as it is absurd..."

- New Orleans Defender

News and Reviews for this Show

August 13, 2019    Fest

Chris Davis' one-man storytelling show is a delirious and disorienting fable.

Philadelphia writer-performer Chris Davis’ one-man show—his sixth time at the festival—is a head-spinning, hallucinogenic fable about a meeting with an alcoholic, lovesick lion in a rural Mexican cantina.

Drunk Lion is inspired by Davis’ own experiences in Chiapas, Mexico, where he lived and learned Spanish for a year, rarely leaving the small country town in which his foster family lived. Whether or not he actually met a talking lion during his time there is unclear.

Casually dressed and alone on stage, Davis dives into his story like a backpacker in a bar, swigging beers as he energetically and effervescently recounts how he released said lion from its cage, got drunk with him in a bar, then aided and abetted him as he tried to win back the lost love of his life – the enigmatic Juanita. Every now and again, he pauses, and smiles at the audience, acknowledging the absurdity of his story.

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