Save the date, SoCal Trekland: I am so excited for our first Trekland/Portal 47 production!
THIS SUNDAY at 6 pm in Los Feliz, I get to present an unheralded witness to little-known Desilu Trek and ’60s history— live, and partnered with an incredibly talented pro Trek improv troupe… with hosted after-show meet-n-greet photo opps! But hurry—it’s only 45 seats (see below)!
Yes, it’s an unforgettable and intimate Los Angeles hour with a real-life icon: At 78 going on 58, Andreea “Ande” Kindryd looks back on an incredible life that uniquely connected her to the three assassinated civil rights leaders: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr and how the Watts Riot and her miniskirts landed her on the original Star Trek with non other than Gene L. Coon (at right), the “Forgotten Gene” of Star Trek..
A filmmaker, mediator, and storyteller, Cal native Andreea returns for a Los Angeles visit from her Australian home of 40 years to bring us vibrant insights and everyday memories of Coon as well as Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, the historic cast and crew—and speak for those long gone and to the vibe of those times. Star Trek set her on a course of filmmaking, mediation, and her late career as a storyteller. Learn a bit about her stalwart forebears too, and you’ll see why this TED Talk finalist is as much a force of nature as she seemed when she turned up in Stephen Whitfield Poe’s landmark best-seller, The Making of Star Trek.
I’ll serve as moderator to Andreea, who absolutely should be heard first-hand. Especially regarding Coon, a Korean war vet and prolific writing machine who died suddenly of lung cancer in 1973 before the Star Trek phenomenon exploded—but who had employed and mentored her during and after Star Trek.
Andreea is one of the few today who can shed some rare light on the Emmy nominee who left so little on himself but gave so much to the saga we know today—from the Klingons and the Prime Directive of non-Interference, to Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets. Plus, of course, 13 of Star Trek’s most popular episodes—under his byline, his major rewrites or his pen name “Lee Cronin.”
As a double treat for Trek fans, Andreea leads off a twin-bill this night! Just before a 7:30 pm performance by… The Improvised Generation!
Mixing genuine TNG reverence with skilled storytelling, the crew of the USS McGinley (commanded by Captain Georgia S. Thompson) improvises authentic voyages through the Alpha Quadrant with a cast of memorable characters: Sometimes thrilling, usually funny, always engaging.
Right now, “TIG” is midway through a special-edition run titled “The Lost Episodes.” An improv mini-series of away-mission “episodes” that begin in a shuttlecraft away from the USS McGinley, and focus on the personal journeys of two main characters in strange new worlds. Inspired by TNG episodes such as Final Mission, Captain’s Holiday, and Family.
And as a special bonus to this unique evening, StarShade Media is hosting an Intermission and After-Show wine reception for Andreea, Larry and the cast, where photos and Q&A are welcome.
Tickets sold separately; $20 General Admission for Andreea Kindryd talk only; $10 General Admission for the Improvised Generation show only. But, ticket holders for The Improvised Generation will receive a $5 discount code for Andreea Kindryd talk upon purchase. (NOTE: The house is 45 seats for Andreea Kindryd but only 35 seats for The Improvised Generation).
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