Jesus doesn’t belong only to the Christians. Not anymore. In Jesus Ride, he also has a place in Mike Schlitt’s agnostic, Jewish heart. After watching 33 films on the life of Jesus (coincidence an homage to the number of years the guy lived?) while working on a Christian “feature length motion control ride” Schlitt came up with the idea for a one-man show. (The experience also had a profound effect in other ways, spurring him to read the Bible and other religious and philosophical texts.)
In Jesus Ride he explores biting questions about Jesus’s connection to film—including porn (no, we’re not kidding)—Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, the Crucifixion, and the Holocaust. Schlitt, an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actor known for the plays Little Man and the Little Box and Asylum, has also overseeing marketing campaigns for film advertising (Zero Dark Thirty and The Social Network) and has a podcast series called EarlyBird Special.
The one-man show, which debuted in 2006 won the Fringe NYC “Best of Fringe” and “Outstanding Solo show” awards will return to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Fringe festival on June 8th and play every weekend until June 30th. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Jewish Family Services of L.A.’s SOVA. In addition, an event called “The Night of a Thousand Jews” featuring a special performance and post-show discussion will be held on June 15th at 8:00 p.m.