Desert Warrior

solo performance · ross john gosla · world premiere · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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JEFFREY GOLD certified reviewer · June 18, 2017
tagged as: surprising · shocking · alarming · heartfelt · funny
Director David Beatty, an able writer and actor in his own right, helped actor-victim-participant Ross Gosla corral this story into an hour-long, one-man (s)hit-show. Ross re-enacts a funny, heartfelt—and at times troubling—grand scheme steeped in a personal epic. Ignoring his own gut feelings, Ross became an accidental tourist unwittingly thrust into an international conspiracy, thereby contorting his own personal narrative into a cautionary tale about the price to be paid for optically-challenged devotion in the pursuit of one's art. He is an almost star in an almost movie that almost started a war. Take guns, light sabers, and moaning elk...mix in a Jedi dreamer, a svengali director, a dodgy unit production manager, and a blue-rinse philo... full review

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HUGH LEHANE · June 08, 2017
Don't miss it. It is one of the most artistically inspirational shows I have ever seen.... full review

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CHELSEA SCHUPPAN certified reviewer · June 11, 2017
Wonderfully written. Exceptionally performed. Poignant and heartfelt, brave and impressively honest. Especially as an actor or artist in Los Angeles, this is really an incredible story that I KNOW I've never seen before. Bravo.... full review

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APRIL NELSON · June 14, 2017
Gripping, dynamic, and original. ... full review

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ALYSON DANIEL · June 14, 2017
I highly recommend this honestly performed personal tale of the grey side of the force.... full review

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KATY WICKER certified reviewer · June 19, 2017
tagged as: heartfelt · honest · powerful
Amazing show! The writing was phenomenal, and the acting was spot on! The story kept me engaged, and I felt like I was with the actor the entire time on his journey. It's honest and compelling; definitely a must see for Fringe! ... full review

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NATASHA BEHNAM certified reviewer · June 11, 2017
This show was an honest and beautifully tragic tale that any person who has ever had a dream can relate to. Ross's performance is unapologetically raw and earnest and had me enthralled from the moment he began to the last second of the show. I highly recommend this show to anyone, but especially to any fellow artists, who I think will be particularly drawn to this powerful, and true, story. ... full review

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DONALD WATSON certified reviewer · June 19, 2017
Brilliant... full review

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MARC PETER REYNA certified reviewer · June 19, 2017
I came to Desert Warrior to see a 'show' and left holding moments of a 'life'... knowing that here was another someone I esteemed and aspired to emulate. In every moment Ross Gosla gives us all that he has and a little bit more. When we leave the theater we can't help thinking about his story. It leaves us hopeful and hoping that some day we might become brave enough to share ourselves with the same kind of truth and intimacy. A real tour de force!... full review

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LAUREN SIMON · June 23, 2017
Desert Warrior lays out the hither-to undisclosed backstory of events that are still unfolding and one artist's unwitting participation in it. Brilliantly written and performed by Ross Gosla with humor and pathos and superbly directed by David Beatty, it presents a picture straight from, of all places Duarte, with a world-wide impact. If you at all feel impacted by current turns of events, if you ever thought Wag The Dog was a possibility, you must see this show!... full review

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