Darrell Hammond Solo Stage Show to Premiere in San Diego

Darrell Hammond show La Jolla Playhouse
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A new solo stage show from Darrell Hammond, “The Darrell Hammond Project,” has joined the 2014-15 slate at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, where the world premiere begins its run in February.

“Hammond Project,” based on the longtime “Saturday Night Live” cast member’s memoir “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked,”chronicles Hammond’s years at “SNL” as well as his personal struggles with childhood abuse and substance addiction.

Hammond and Elizabeth Stein co-write the stage adaptation, which will be helmed by La Jolla Playhouse a.d. Christopher Ashley (“Memphis”). Hammond, who recently appeared in the ABC reality series “Sing Your Face Off,” stars.

“The Darrell Hammond Project” joins a 2014-15 lineup at La Jolla that also includes a new, revised production of Disney tuner “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

“Hammond Project” runs Feb. 6-March 8.

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  1. RWGunn says:

    I saw the Sunday Mattiness of the production at La Jolla Playhouse and I’m humbled by the overwhelming sense that Darrel Hammond, when sharing this memoir, is skating dangerously close to the edge of the pain he has finally been able to uncover and address directly. Thankfully, I haven’t had the same level of harrowing experiences that he has survived but the ones I do have resonated with the trials Mr. Hammond survived.

    So much of the behaviors that Darrel Hammond did throughout his life may appear to be the wild careening of a someone out of control but on closer inspection, we find that they were the virtuoso performance of a soul endeavoring to survive in a world trying to swat him out of existence. Even today, as I write this, I realize how much this performance has given me to be able to look at my own life closer and with a little more courage.

  2. Walter King says:

    Any idea if he’s still clean and sober?

  3. Kelly says:

    I wish him the best of luck. I saw him onstage last year and he struck me as a man very much on the edge. The story of his childhood is horrifying, harrowing. Again, I wish him the very best.

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