We are sad to announce that the Hollywood Fringe Festival performances of Ronnie Brixton - The Best of British Boxing are CANCELLED.
If you have purchased tickets through hollywoodfringe.org, you will be contacted and your purchase refunded.
What do you say or do when the star of your show, your dear friend, writing partner, and colleague passes away suddenly without prior indication that he might be ill?
Lincoln Hudson flew in from London on May 15. After a rest day, we started rehearsals in earnest. That's a bit of a misnomer. Lincoln had been working on the role for close to a year while he toured with the Aquila company. His first run through was so brilliant, that I phoned Sharon Monroe, one of the RB producers, to come and see the afternoon rehearsal. She was truly awed.
We proceeded through rehearsals, refining levels, working on nuance, rewriting sections of text that had issues. Everything was going swimmingly. We planned to add props to rehearsals beginning Wednesday. Monday, Lincoln spent the morning doing two line runs. We started our Monday rehearsal at 1:00. Around 2, he complained of a headache and I suggested we stop since I believed we were so far ahead. Additionally, Lincoln had booked a gig for the evening impersonating W.C. Fields for a Las Vegas Strip hotel/casino event.
I was to drive him to the event at five o'clock. At 4:30, I tried his cell with no answer, but I guessed he turned it off. Going to his room where he was staying in my house, I knocked and called for him. With no response, I went inside and found him passed away.
There is a frenzy of activities that happen when someone so young - Lincoln was 48 - and apparently healthy otherwise, dies. Police, detectives, CSI, coroner, and removal team must conduct their business. I did not know of Lincoln's family other than a brief mention Lincoln made. Miles Coleman, a mutual friend, contacted Beth Lujan, grandmother and custodial parent of Lincoln's beautiful daughter, and she was able to contact Lincoln's brother Nathan.
All of this occupies my mind near constantly.
ronnie brixton: lincoln's legacy
I believe Lincoln wants us to go on with producing Ronnie Brixton. Producers John F. Smith and Sharon Monroe agree. Jack (John F.) in particular is actively moving this project forward. Very soon we will announce the new schedule and casting. We believe we will have Lincoln's blessing.
Thank you for your faith and belief in this project. Thank you for your love and caring for Lincoln. Thank you for your friendship.
As Ronnie says within the play: "Watch this space."
Byron Tidwell, co-author
May 25, 2017
about ronnie brixton: the best of british boxing
An intimate, revealing look at the macho world of British boxing, the “gentleman’s” sport, told to us by BBC Boxing commentator, the infamous Ronnie Brixton. But for all the testosterone inherent in his banter, Ronnie holds a secret. A contrasting and provocative view of gender issues.
Top British Boxing Presenter and Commentator Ronnie Brixton presents "Best of British Boxing," an evening with the popular media personality. Four-time winner of the coveted British Sports Broadcasters Association (BSBA) Golden Microphone, Brixton promises an overview and breakdown of the great heavyweight matches of the late 20th and early 21st century, an insider's view of the Sport of Gentlemen, and his personal history growing up as the son of the late, much revered trainer George "King George" Brixton. Ronnie will take your questions, and if time allows, address the recent viral video regarding "the woman."
Lincoln Hudson and Byron Tidwell created the fictional character Ronnie Brixton with a story of an expert in the macho sport of boxing who holds a life changing secret. They did extensive research with assistance from Susan Dietrich, PhD., a Harvard neuroscientist and Elayne Wylie, a Seattle based diversity and inclusion trainer and educator, to develop a compelling story told through a celebrity career retrospective. The writers/performer/director are honored to present their effort at Hollywood Fringe 2017 with the solid producing team that includes Sharon Monroe and John F. Smith.