John Cox, it turns out, is a very decent and truly interesting man. Here in what the world generally refers to as ‘Hollywood’ there are all manner of interesting people; some of them actually ‘real’ but few with the depth of character obvious in John Cox. However, regardless of overall pleasantness or depth if a man seeks to move on to the stage there still must be some talent, some ability to tell a story in a captivating way. That is precisely what John Cox has been doing on stage at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood since his one man show ‘The Money Fi$h’ opened October 1st 2015.
Like many if not most of us, John Cox came from a less than perfect background. Early on he sought adventure first by joining the Army where he trained to become a Ranger. But that dream was cut short when he injured himself jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft while in flight. Moving on John was looking for two things, adventure and money when he found out about commercial fishing off of Alaska. That brought John to a fishing boat where he signed on as crew. It turned out to be one brutally tough job. Rather than shrink from it John Cox stood up to the task and set his vision on achieving the highest possible level of success.
His experiences are compelling and often raw and harsh. But they formed a new and even stronger young man. It also awakened in him a burning need to be creative. So when a brutal accident took the life of a dear friend and John Cox reflected deeply on his future in commercial fishing. John saw that he needed to leave he did so but with a mission. His mission was to tell his story in a way that people wanted to hear it and maybe even learn from it.
John Cox moved back to Southern California and began a new day job as a longshoreman. It is a job he has kept to this day. But then John began working on his story “The Money Fi$h.’ As he continued to polish his work he also began to build a team. He joined with Director Michael Arabian and Producer Michael Abramson. With their guidance his story was fine-tuned until it was ready. Then it was curtain time at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre. Happily for John Cox the show opened to rave reviews. The seats were packed with an enthusiastic audience.
As the show moves towards its end, at least at the Hudson, John looks forward to his still uncertain future. His experience at writing the screenplay and then performing in his very own one man show has brought to John’s heart, mind and soul a whole new vision in creativity. Not knowing exactly where it will take him, John Cox is now fully committed to a life of creativity. This is a courageous act but then again courage is nothing new to John Cox.
Wherever this adventure takes John Cox his story should take you to the Hudson Theatre to experience a rare and compelling show that may very well inspire you and move you in ways you never expected. You have from now until November 22nd to do this so do not wait. Performances are Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM and the Hudson Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038. Reservations and ticketing information is available by calling 323-960-7780.
If you enjoy watching French soldiers singing opera while exchanging gun fire wait for the next incarnation of ‘Les Miserable.’ But if you would prefer to be moved by a strong dose of inspirational reality get over and enjoy ‘The Money Fi$h’ while you still can.