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Broadway’s Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the West Coast premiere of a new musical comedy that hits all the right “notes.”
“Dear Mom summer camp isn’t fun anymore, everyone is dying.” “Dear Ron things haven’t been the same since we found out we were related.” “I, Becka McNeil state herein that upon my death Drew Kopel has all legal rights to my skull.”
IAMA Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Found, a new musical inspired by Davy Rothbart’s popular Found magazine, which features scores of actual discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by everyday people.
Found boasts a book by Tony nominated Hunter Bell (Broadway’s [Title of Show]) and Lee Overtree, and music and original lyrics by Emmy-nominated composer Eli Bolin (Original Cast Album: Co-op). Tony-nominated director Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Broadway’s Hand to God, Present Laughter, Bernhardt/Hamlet off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick) directs, alongside orchestrators/musical directors Frank Galgano and Matt Castle (Atlantic Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Found) and Emmy award-winning choreographer Kathryn Burns (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) for a Feb. 20 opening at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Performances will continue through March 23.
Found isn’t just based on a true story — it’s based on hundreds of them! When lost and broke Davy happens to find a peculiar note meant for someone else on the windshield of his car, it sparks an outlandish idea to collect the hilarious and revealing notes and letters that surround us every day. Along with friends Denise and Mikey D. he’s quickly swept up into a wild, comedic mission to share them with the world. Found is a raucous exploration of human connection and the beautiful weirdness in all of us.
“The nature of these found notes captures people in the most intimate and ridiculous moments of their lives,” says von Stuelpnagel. “IAMA is the perfect company to further develop this wonderfully theatrical musical — a place where exuberant new work can happen that celebrates the messiness of being human.”
In his New York Times “Critic’s Pick” review of the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2014 world premiere production, Charles Isherwood called Found “Mad Lib lunacy… delightfully weird… [dispatches from the magazine] are cleverly, often hilariously, woven into the story as sardonic commentary on the proceedings… lively, likable and melodic.”
Designated by Playbill as “one of 20 regional houses every theater lover must know,” IAMA Theatre Company is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to invigorating live performance for a streaming generation. Through cutting-edge, cool and hyper-modern stories, IAMA is invested in the immediacy of production and strives to bring audiences out of their personal space and into a shared experience. Since its founding in 2007, the Ovation Award winning company has seen many plays generated at IAMA travel to off-Broadway, Second Stage and the Roundabout Underground, then go on to be performed regionally and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as in a vast array of theater and live performances all over the country last fall, IAMA co-artistic director Katie Lowes and her husband, founding IAMA company member Adam Shapiro, made their Broadway debuts in Waitress. In 2017, TV producer and creator Shonda Rhimes announced that she would become IAMA’s first-ever “Patron of the Arts” with a generous endowment from the Rhimes Family Foundation. In September, IAMA co-hosted the fifth annual Stage Raw Awards ceremony.
Found opens on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., with performances thereafter taking place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. through March 23. Three preview performances take place Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. All performances are $35, except previews which are $20. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Parking is available for $5 with box office validation at Joe’s Parking structure, 530 S. Spring St. (immediately south of the theater). For more information and to purchase tickets, call 323-380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com.
Presenter / Producer: IAMA Theatre Company
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 323-380-8843
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 2/14/2020 - 3/23/2020
Fri.,Sat.,Mon. 8:00 pm Sun. 4:00 pm
Previews $20 Performances $35
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