Director: Liam Kyle Sullivan

Writer(s): Kevin Avery

Starring: Kevin Avery, Camille Banham, Lauren Ashley Bishop, Jessie Boemper, Everett Booth, Vanessa Bryan, Javalan Chew, Margaret Cho, Patrick Connell, Patrick Connell, Jocelyn Cruz, Greg L. Glass, David Alan Grier, Safia Hakim, Giselle Jones, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Daresha Kyi, Nefertiti Lovelace, Kenn Michael, Andre Myers, Brioni Nash, Jovan Nash, Prodigal Sunn, Richard Taylor II (Backup Singer 1), Rachel True, Julian Vance, Aaron Vargas (Oscar), Baron Vaughn, Jason Weary, Klee Wiggins

Synopsis: ‘Thugs, The Musical’ is a faux documentary about Michael Gardner, a mediocre, slightly delusional, ‘non-urban’ black actor in Hollywood. After years of auditioning but not being considered ‘black enough’ to be cast in any of the stereotypical roles that his fellow black actors have been getting (the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie), Michael decides to write, direct and star in his own theater production – an epically bad play called ‘Thugs, The Musical!’ – to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can ‘act black.’

Release Date: February 3, 2012 (USA) | Length: 26 min | Genre: Comedy, Musical | MPAA Rating: NR

Note: Premiered at the Texas Black Film Festival (TBFF) in 2012. Daresha Kyi, Kevin Avery and Nefertiti Lovelace are listed as an producers on this project.

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