IAMA Theater Company returns to the in-person theater with the world premiere of a new set-inspired comedy that offers a modern and super fun escape from our never-ending pandemic reality.
Celestial Events, written, directed and performed entirely by members of the IAMA ensemble, will open at Actors Company LA in Hollywood on March 5 for nine performances through March 14.
A feel-good comedy about friendship, love and shared experience in the city of LA, Celestial Events introduces us to 12 Angelenos whose paths cross in mysterious ways on the eve of a unique meteor shower in his genre.
“We want our audience to go home feeling good!” explain Deborah S. Craig and Christian Durso, who lead the editorial team. “This piece turned out to be a wonderful and joyful collaboration between our multi-talented ensemble. We worked together creatively on all levels, and the result is, we believe, a delightful evening that speaks to our common humanity. Here’s a chance to take a break from the crisis. To go and feel something together, as a community. And to experience our wonderful, upbeat and – we hope – spectacular ending.”
“Sharing a new play created entirely by our amazing ensemble is the perfect way to welcome our in-person audience back to IAMA,” said Artistic Director Stefanie Black. “Deep inside us, IAMA is a group of artists celebrating the human experience together.”
The 22 ensemble members actively involved in the creation of Celestial Events include writers Craig and Durso alongside Anna Rose Hopkins, John Lavelle and Adriana Santos; co-directors Tom Amandes and Adrian Gonzalez; and actors Alex Alcheh, Ryan W. Garcia, Tina Huang, Bailey Humiston, Andria Kozica, Melissa Jane Osborne, Kacie Rogers, Adriana Santos, Sonal Shah, Lexi Sloan, Margaux Susi and Jamie Wollrab. Craig, Kozica, Lavelle, Rogers and Sloan served on the creative team, alongside Parvesh Cheena. The producing director is Josh Epstein, and Terry Li and Geoffrey Rivas are co-producing.
Founded in 2007, IAMA is a Los Angeles-based artist ensemble committed to creating and cultivating new voices and artists who challenge boundaries and take risks, while fostering an inclusive community that inspires theater makers. future generations. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world, and IAMA’s work reflects the new voices and changing attitudes that continue to shape this city, this state, this country and this world. Named by Playbill as “one of 20 regional houses every theater lover should know”, the award-winning company has seen many plays created at IAMA travel off-Broadway, including to Second Stage and Playwrights Horizons, and then performed. at the regional level. and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed television shows and films as well as a wide range of plays and live performances on Broadway and across the country. IAMA is dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals by emerging and established playwrights, resulting in more than 25 world premieres, on the West Coast and in Los Angeles.
Performances of celestial events take place from March 5 to 14 according to the following schedule: Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. (opening night); Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday March 10 at 8 p.m.; Friday March 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturday March 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday March 13 at 7 p.m.; and Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. The Actors Company LA is located at 916 N Formosa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. All tickets are $20. Proof of full vaccination (including booster if eligible) and valid ID are required for admission; patrons who are exempt from COVID-19 vaccinations for medical reasons or sincere religious beliefs will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance. Guests must remain fully masked throughout performances. For more information and to book, go to www.iamatheatre.com.