If the Animals Could Talk Back to Us: The Beast of Times at the Renberg Theatre

T22-11-ENT-The Beast of TimesThe L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents the world premiere of The Beast of Times, a play written and performed by award-winning performance artist Adelina Anthony, with a contributed monologue performed by Sri Lankan-American transgender performance artist D’Lo.

Beast is a satirical and queer allegory that explores the contradictions of coming to political consciousness in a world where environmental and ethnic diversity are fast diminishing. The play — which follows the story of two protagonists at odds with each other (one heavily impassioned about joining “the movement” and the other satisfied with her “creature comforts”) — employs incisive humor to expose the human love of greed and greed for love, as well as the devastating effects of environmental degradation on the planet’s non-human inhabitants.

Highly entertaining and funny, Beast invites speculation about what these true “others” might say about us, if they could. It’s like a cross between an episode of Portlandia meets the animals from The Far Side comics.

Anthony is a multi-talented artist, garnering Best Actress nominations in comedy (Jeffries Award) and drama (Leon Rabin Award). Her two previous plays at the Center were runaway hits: Mastering Sex & Tortillas (2007) and Bruising for Besos (2009). “This is not the PC, Birkenstocky, close-cropped lesbian culture some folks may expect,” wrote the Dallas Morning News of Sex & Tortillas. “Ms. Anthony seems determined to shake up audiences of every stripe. But she’s likely to leave them shaking with laughter … screamingly funny.”

The Beast of Times, written and performed by Adelina Anthony & D’Lo runs May 31-June 16 at

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre located at 1125 N. McCadden Pl. in Hollywood (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. FREE PARKING.)