West, a play depicting a man’s conflict between a rival gang member in a London neighborhood, will be presented by Hellion Pictures with five performances at the Electric Lodge in Venice Friday through Sunday, August 21st through 23rd.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. August 21st, 2 and 8 p.m. August 22nd and 2 and 7 p.m. August 23rd at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.

The play is written by Steven Berkoff and directed and produced by Bruce Cooper.

West depicts the hard, gritty, working-class milieu of London’s Stamford Hill district. Protagonist Mike, who belongs to a local gang, is called upon to avenge the slaying of one of their members by the rival Hoxton Mob. Mike is selected to be his gang’s “fair one,” chosen to represent his mates in single combat against an opposite member, the Hoxton Monster, a formidable thug of singular brutality and menace.

Mike views his approaching battle with some suitable trepidation, as he could get himself killed. Seeking emotional support, he finds his fellows deserting him. He might receive some succor from his girlfriend Sylv, if only he hadn’t neglected her so often.

Mike is alienated from his jerk of a father, and only his mother loves him. But a tough guy can’t very well run to his mother before a fight, so he finds himself pretty well alone.

“West is about courage — the courage to live according to your spirit and not the guidelines laid down for you by others, to be true to yourselfÖ.Your truth is worth pursuing since it defines who you are,” Berkoff said.

A Hellion Pictures spokesperson said what makes West significantly unusual as a gang drama is that it is written and performed in verse.

The cast of West includes J.C. Brandy, Brian Guy, Jean-Louise O’Sullivan, Brian Patrick, Joshua Schell, Brad Schmidt and Joshua Zain.

The production stage manager is Jessica Rose Felix and costumes are designed by Ann Somers Major.

Admission is $20. For reservations, (310) 823-0710.

Information, www.hellion-pictures.com/west/.

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