Written by Spencer Green & Gary Stockdale, with Music by Gary Stockdale and Directed by Joe Peracchio, Bukowskical! takes the form of a backer's audition held by an edgy fictional Los Angeles-based theatre troupe, the Sacred Angel Fist Circle of Note Gang (SAFCNG), trying to raise money for a (misguided) musical about the great besotted writer Charles "Buk" Bukowski.
SAFCNG's illustrious Founder/Artistic Director serves as the audience's guide as the show traces the life of famed writer Charles Bukowski from obscurity to international fame, starting with Buk's early torment by students, teachers, and his Father in "Art Is Pain." He finds his muse on "The Derelict Trail," gets a "Writing Lesson" from William Faulkner, William S. Burroughs, Sylvia Plath and Tennessee Williams, and discovers his sexy, crab-infested One True Love in "Chaser of My Heart." After a soul-deadening job in a "Post Office," Buk's work is discovered and he is soon hanging out with celebrities like Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn in "Through a Glass, Barfly." But will he stay true to his literary ideals or sell out? And will he be too drunk to notice?