Last of the Knotts, a semi-autobiographical, solo show written and performed by poet/hipster Doug Knott, will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Other Space Theatre at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St. Two other performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 27.
Produced by Meadowbrook Entertainment, the show follows Doug, who endured a childhood of severe abuse by his alcoholic father, a Florida judge obsessed with his own legacy. To spite his father, Doug declares that he will be the “last of the Knotts.”
He then embarks on a carefree life to avoid the bourgeois anchor of family. Set in exuberant, darkly permissive 1980s Los Angeles, the hour-long “comi-tragedy” shadows Doug’s search for redemptive love with an exotic woman who deals cocaine and keeps a pet 7-foot boa constrictor. When she unexpectedly gets pregnant, her desire to have a child provokes conflict, and Doug must choose fatherhood… or Knott.
Last of the Knotts was selected “Best of the Fest” of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Knott has been a performance poet in Los Angeles since the early 1980s. He produced and emceed his own cult variety show at the Lhasa Club and later had his own nightclub, Famous-Knott on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.
Knott has had many of his works published and has won national awards for his poetry videos.
Tickets are $25. For tickets, (800) 838-3006.