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'Emojiland' is bringing your phone's emojis to life in LA

Written by
Stephanie Morino

UPDATE: Due to demand (the May 9 performance has sold out), Emojiland has added an encore performance on May 10. Ticket prices remain the same. 

In today's tech-obsessed world, it seems like we're relying less on our words and more on using the proper emoji. Feeling smitten? Heart eyes. Pissed off? Red face. Said something you shouldn't have? Monkey with his hands covering his mouth. Whatever it is, there's an emoji for it. But just like dolls coming to life in some thriller films, now emojis are coming to life in a new play, Emojiland, landing in Los Angeles in May.

In the show, emoji's aren't just how you express your emotions; they have their own thoughts and feelings. Living inside a teenager's smartphone that gets lost behind a dresser, the emojis must work together to survive. Sound farfetched? Sure. But so is a toy cowboy and astronaut coming to life not once but four times—yes, there's a Toy Story 4.

This hilarious play is the brain child of husband-and-wife duo Keith (who also composed the play's seventeen original songs) and Laura Harrison. And the cast is impressive as well; Emmy and Tony winner Keith David stars as Father Christmas, Corbin Reid as Princess, Matt Magnusson as Skull, Danny Jacobs as Cat Face, Jaime Moyer as Construction Worker, and many more—trust us, all your favorite emojis will be there (well, except maybe some of these LA-centric emojis we dreamed up that have yet to be added... at least we have a taco now!). 

Emojiland will be presented at Rockwell Table & Stage (1714 N. Vermont Ave) on May 9 at 8pm. Tickets are $15-$35 and can be purchased online here


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