Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Avenue, Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Staged readings of six new plays currently in development will be presented over the course of two weekends as part of the IAMA’s annual New Works Festival.
The series kicks off on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. with First Comes the Egg by Taryn Fixel. On the precipice of motherhood, Marlie must navigate personal and professional boundaries in the high stakes world of venture capitalism and innovation when an old friend reappears with a life changing offer. How much of herself is she truly willing to risk? Kaily Smith Westbrook directs.
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. will see a reading of Help!, written by IAMA ensemble member Adriana Santos. Celia Mandela Rivera directs Santos' play about a family-run funeral home in Queens comes under threat from an incoming snow storm, forcing twin sisters, their father and a guest to come face to face with what’s been haunting them, along with several other quirky undead.
Oladele or The Forgotten Song written by IAMA ensemble member Kacie Rogers, is set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. An oral history. A folktale. A love story. An epic poem marking the love, loss, and evolution of the man we've come to know as Othello. Directed by Nell Teare.
Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. brings us Alien of Extraordinary Ability, written by Rotana Tarabzouni and directed by Zhailon Levingston. A concert memoir of the playwright’s pilgrimage to self: a blend of original music and spoken word that takes the audience on the journey of self realization in the face of Saudi tradition, God, family, friendships and The Erotic. Straddling a profound love for her mother and a wild adventure in Los Angeles, Tarabzouni sheds light on the immigrant experience and the biggest risk known to man — to be oneself.
Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. is Cannabis Passover, by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz and directed by IAMA Artistic Director Stefanie Black. A family gathers for their annual Passover seder in a rented house on a remote beach, this time with a new guest. As they perform the rituals, joke, provoke, argue, and imbibe, the lines between comic and tragic, sacred and mundane, ancient and everyday start to blur. On this night, right now, what does it mean to repair the world?
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., Arrowhead by Catya McMullen commissioned by IAMA. When Gemma, a married lesbian, gets secretly pregnant, she teams up with her straight friends from college to throw an "abortion party" weekend in Lake Arrowhead. But at the arrival of her gay best friend and several unexpected visitors, her weekend goes from well crafted escape to a deep reckoning. Arrowhead is a funny, weird, biting but loving examination of what happens when what you want sexually conflicts with your queerness and feminism, and marriage vows. Directed by Jenna Worsham.