Crude, the award-winning dark comedy drama about a band that emerged from the streets of Hollywood in the 80s to become a cultural phenomenon will have three final encore performances in Hollywood Friday-Sunday August 19-21 at 8:00 p.m. at The Flight Theater at the Hollywood complex. (This game is not endorsed or authorized by Mötley Crüe or any of its members.)
Crüe fans may recall that the piece originally titled “The Crüe”, drew negative attention from Nikki Sixx and the band when Nikki posted on social media that the band was not involved. and didn’t approve of it.
“Honestly, we’re such a small production, we didn’t even expect to end up on the band’s radar. And we’re such big fans of the band, we were mortified that it turned out in a negative way. Their lawyer sent us a stop and disclaimer letter and we immediately complied with all their demands, immediately changing the name of the show and the marketing campaign, and we reassured them that the play has no their music, lyrics or other copyrighted or trademarked material. Although we have always prominently displayed that the game is not authorized by Mötley Crüe, we have taken all possible additional measures to avoid any confusion.”
“We informally consulted with a few music industry lawyers and combed through the room making sure we weren’t legally responsible in any way, and ironically, that ended up making the room even more strong. A few people asked for refunds, which we immediately granted. Overall, I don’t think it hurt or helped us. All five Hollywood Fringe shows sold out in advance, but our previous Fringe production too.
“Nikki Sixx has every right to protect the band he’s poured his blood, sweat and tears into for the past forty years, but this show is truly a celebration of the band, and some of the overlooked aspects of who they are. which aren’t covered in The Dirt. If Mötley Crüe is remembered as the band that did a lot of drugs, had a lot of sex, and got into trouble with the law, that would be a shame. Their story, talent, and personalities are so much more interesting beyond that, and there’s a lot of things they’re not recognized for, like Nikki wrote the song Fight for your rights which called for racial harmony at a time particularly fraught with racial tension.”
“To be a Mötley Crüe fan in the 80s, you were considered an outcast, and looked down upon. But Nikki gave an interview where he said, ‘You know what, the fans of this band are smart. They’re the future leaders of the world.’ And it’s stuck with me ever since. I’ve always thought that Mötley Crüe is a really great band, not because of the drugs, but despite them. I think if Nikki really saw the part, he’d probably really like it.
“There’s no money in a small experimental theatre. Ultimately you can sell all your shows and by the time you pay for the theater rental, costumes, sets, publicity, rehearsals, etc., you lose money. Nobody does small experimental theater to make money. They do it for the love of the art.”
“The Mötley fans who saw it, loved it. They felt the love we have for the band in every word of every performance. People who walked in who didn’t really know the band came to see us by afterwards and said, ‘I thought they were just a hair metal band. I had no idea they were so much more than that. Now I want to go out and listen to their music and find out more about them. So hopefully we both satisfied their fans who were open-minded enough to come and see the play, and helped Mötley create a few new ones along the way!”-David Lucarelli