Poor-Man Theatre Company

Poor-Man Theatre Company Poor-Man Theatre Company exists to start conversation about social issues, mores and social action and how to heal the world, One Play At A Time.

09/22/2018

We have so many new things on the horizon. We have relocated to OH and just wait to you see what we have in store.

Here is our winner...
06/27/2017
BLJ Productions

Here is our winner...

Congratulations

TOYS

2017 Lumpy-Cramp(c)
Spirit of the Fringe
Never in a Box Award Winner

and 1st Confirmed Show of the #MCFF19 https://t.co/MLT0mueLIC

06/20/2017

We are so excited about #hff17 and finding the #NeverinaBoxAward winner

01/19/2017

Hello again, BLJ Productions is looking for a few more musicians; Vocalists for this years show. Classic sound preferred, needs: 4 male vocalist and 4 female vocalist, 2 singer/dancers or 2 dancers (trained in many dance styles

Hello all, BLJ Productions is looking for a few good musicians for this years show. Looking for that big band sound. So if you or someone you know is interested please PM us. Needs: 3 violins, Accordion, 1 Stand up Bass, 1 Keyboard/Organ, 4 trumpets, 1 cornet, 1 baritone, 3 trombones, 1 sousaphone/tuba, 3 clarinets, 1 piccolo, 2 flutes, 1 baritone sax/bassoon, 3 alto sax/soprano, 2 horns, 1 oboe, 1 acoustic guitar, 1 drummer, 1 percussionist/mallets.
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11/26/2016
Click here to support My Trip to Standing Rock/Volunteer by Benny Lumpkins Jr.

Click here to support My Trip to Standing Rock/Volunteer by Benny Lumpkins Jr.

I am Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr, a Detroit native, oldest of 2, part-time LA resident who has achieved the dream of working in Hollywood. I am a starving artist. I have always been a person that chases and achieves my dreams. But, one day a question dawned on me, is this what i want to do for t...

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual, Lumpy-Cramp©, Spirit of the Fringe, Never in the Box Award Winner "WHEEL OF INVENTION...
06/27/2016

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual, Lumpy-Cramp©, Spirit of the Fringe, Never in the Box Award Winner
"WHEEL OF INVENTION"

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual, Lumpy-Cramp©, Spirit of the Fringe, Never in the Box Award Winner
"WHEEL OF INVENTION"

05/11/2016

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday May 11th, 2016
Press Contact: Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., C.E.O of BLJ Productions.
[email protected] (323)445-1088
Kill Date: June 30th, 2016

BLJ PRODUCTIONS, PRESENTS
“Code: 197 - DWB (Driving While Bl-ewish) Black and Jewish”
Hollywood, CA (June, 2016,) A World Premiere, Debut Solo Show Endeavor:
June 4th (PRESS PREVIEW, 4 p.m.) June 10th 8:30 p.m. (OPENING NIGHT) June 16th 5:30 p.m., June 19th 6 p.m., and June 24th 10:30 p.m. (CLOSING NIGHT) All shows are 60 minutes and will be performed at Asylum @ Studio C, 6488 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038.

Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr, a.k.a. Ben-El David, a.k.a Benny Weinberg, or is it Benny Lee Harris Weinberg-Lumpkins Jr., or Benjamin ben Benjamin what ever it is, is blewish, a.k.a. black and jewish. Oy Vey! or Sababa!? Either way, the struggle is real. Benny has heard it all from "How are you Jewish?", to "You're not really Jewish, are you?"

Born in the home of the world's first Jewish Crime Family, The Purple Gang, Benny's early Jewish influences were all around him. As a young kid in the mean streets of Detroit, the Jewish curiosities began with a high school english teacher, Mr. Daniel Sheehy. Why was he never at work? What was that funny thing he wore on his head all the time? What's a shmuck?

As an adolescent, and the final flight of Detroit Jews from the inner city to the suburbs was complete, Benny had lost touch with his Jewish friends, and their sense of community and ideologies. Fast forward to an era of new enlightenment for Benny and a hunger to regain his early Jewish inspirations, Benny began his adulthood journey into Judaism.

Would Benny have to forget his former life in order to find the answers he was looking for in Judaism? "Why Judaism?" Is their really a God? What's this Jesus thing all about?

Its time to answer these questions and more at the only Oneg at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2016.

Special appearance by Vocal Ensemble "Diversidad."

WARNING:This is not a religion thing, or conservative thing, although I am both religious and somewhat conservative.

ABOUT BLJ Productions
Now in its thirteenth year, BLJ Productions, formerly known as Lumpy-Cramp© Productions, is dedicated to producing original, bold, and imaginative events that explore an alternative to the normal theatrical scene and stretching the regular definition of political theatre or using art for politics. Its 2003 event ”America’s Sexual Mastication,” opened to a standing room only audience and launched the careers of Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr,. Originally based in Norfolk, VA BLJ Productions, has retooled and relocated to Los Angeles.

Directed, performed, written, designed and produced by Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., Code: 197 DWB (Driving While Bl-ewish) Black and Jewish, will premiere this June as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The festival serves as “an annual celebration of emerging artists in Los Angeles” – hollywoodfringe.org and runs June 9 – 26.

07/01/2015

What a challenging fringe, but we still enjoyed it. See all you fringers next year.

First interview of the season.
06/05/2015
F**k You Jason! Or Medea by Euripedes

First interview of the season.

Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., Producer/Director/Adaptor/Tech/Costume Designer of F**k You Jason! Or Medea by Euripedes, answered some quick questions for @SeeItOrSkipItLA! 1. We all know the phras...

Our interview is in. Read it now.
06/04/2015
F**k You Jason! Or Medea by Euripedes

Our interview is in. Read it now.

Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., Producer/Director/Adaptor/Tech/Costume Designer of F**k You Jason! Or Medea by Euripedes, answered some quick questions for @SeeItOrSkipItLA! 1. We all know the phras...

06/02/2015

What are you doing Sunday at 4? How about checking out our preview? It's pwyc or free. So you have no excuse.

05/27/2015

We are proud to be the presenters of the Lumpy-Cramp Spirit of the Fringe Freshman Award. Email us at [email protected] create the code "Lumpy" and we'll come check you out. #hff15 @hollywoodfringe #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides. #fringeawards #fringeships

Who is this dangerous criminal? Find out soon at #hff15 #TheatreAsylum @hollywoodfringe. #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides...
05/27/2015

Who is this dangerous criminal? Find out soon at #hff15 #TheatreAsylum @hollywoodfringe. #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides #poormantheatrecompany.

This seems exciting, and fun, and #fabulous. I am going. #hff15 #fringeships. #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides
05/26/2015
My Gay Husband

This seems exciting, and fun, and #fabulous. I am going. #hff15 #fringeships. #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides

The sitcom that could have been the first show about gay marriage, but wasn't.

I just found out this was the "#TitleofShow" company from #hff13. They were so good, I have to see what they will be doi...
05/26/2015
Village Idiom Productions

I just found out this was the "#TitleofShow" company from #hff13. They were so good, I have to see what they will be doing this year. #fringeships #poormantheatrecompany #F**kYouJasonorMedeabyEuripides #hff15

In all efforts of the creative heart, it takes a village...

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05/10/2015

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05/09/2015

Ancient Greek Theatre Invade The Hollywood Fringe Festival

For Immediate Release:
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Press Contact: Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., Artistic Director Poor-Man Theatre Company and C.E.O of BLJ Productions.
[email protected] (323)445-1088
Kill Date: June 30th, 2015

POOR MAN THEATRE COMPANY and BLJ PRODUCTIONS, PRESENTS
"F**k You Jason or Medea by Euripides"
Hollywood, CA (June, 2015,) an adaptation of one of the world's greatest plays, Medea written by Euripides. June 7th (PRESS PREVIEW, Pay What You Can) at 4pm, 13th (PWYC) at 7pm, 15th at 10pm, 19th at 7pm, 21st at 7pm, 25th (Pay What You Can) at 11:55 pm, and closing June 28th at 2:30pm. All shows are 70 minutes and $10 unless otherwise noted.

Medea is a woman scorned when her husband Jason takes a new wife, King Creon's daughter. As the original "gone-girl," Medea has many talents of revenge and plans to avenge her broken heart on all who wronged her. Set in an unknown time and place in the style of a graphic novel, "F**k You Jason or Medea by Euripides" is sure to entertain the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2015 audience.

ABOUT BLJ Productions
Now in its twelfth year, BLJ Productions, formerly known as Lumpy-Cramp© Productions, is dedicated to producing original, bold, and imaginative events that explore an alternative to the normal theatrical scene and stretching the regular definition of political theatre or using art for politics. Its 2003 event ”America’s Sexual Mastication,” opened to a standing room only audience and launched the careers of Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr,. Originally based in Norfolk, VA BLJ Productions, has retooled and relocated to Los Angeles.

Directed, adapted, designed and produced by Benny Lee Harris Lumpkins Jr., F**k You Jason or Medea by Euripides, will premiere this June as part of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The festival serves as “an annual celebration of emerging artists in Los Angeles” – hollywoodfringe.org and runs June 11 – 28. Cast includes, Lesli Harad as Medea, Alex Bennett as Jason, Daniela Pompeu as The Nurse, and Micheal Hutchinson as Creon also with Kate Sorice, Valeria Rifici and Briana McCllelan as the Greek Chorus.

04/23/2015

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