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‘Sinner’s Laundry’ by John Lavelle and ‘Redline‘ by Christian Durso travel two roads to redemption

IAMA Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary
with two world premieres in repertory

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif— Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieresJohn Lavelle’s fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrydirected by Becca Wolff, opens for press on FridayOct. 20.Christian Durso’s haunting and provocative Redlinedirected by Eli Gonda, opens on Saturday, Oct. 21. Both plays continue in repertorythrough Nov. 19 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

 

In Sinner’s Laundry the residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Courtney Sauls (Dear White People) and Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) star as Jess and Sam, the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godotmeets Orange is the New Blackmeets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all.

 

In Redline, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in a profoundly intimate theater-going experience. James Eckhouse (All the Way on Broadway, Beverly Hills90210) stars as Raymond, whose moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son (Graham Sibley – Jane the Virgin, Sully) returns to test the limits of forgiveness.

 

Both plays are sharp, intelligent and unflinching in their view of the cruelty of the world, yet grounded in optimism.

 

“John [Lavelle] has a singular voice,”

 

says Wolff of Sinner’s Laundry.

 

 “The world he’s created is absurdist, fantastical, whimsical and very funny. He has such a wonderful grasp of human nature. Here you have two characters in a desperate situation — spoiler alert: no one’s getting out alive. But the play is about how they find the light in each other. They discover humor, heart and forgiveness. And who among us wouldn’t like to find that before it’s all over?”

 

“Even in the most dire of situations, we strive to find hope,” agrees Gonda. “The fingerprints we leave on our children are incredibly profound; they can suffocate and they can liberate. Redline is about how much we allow these fingerprints to define us. Christian is an emotionally fearless playwright with a beautiful capacity for storytelling. Our hope is that, through this story, audiences leave the theater compelled to be even more compassionate, present, better versions of themselves.”

 

Set design for Sinner’s Laundry and Redline is by Rachel Myers, lighting design is by Josh Epstein, original music and sound design is by Peter Bayne, costume design is by Melissa Trn, and props are by Michael O’HaraJen Hoguetand Tom DeTrinis produce for IAMA Theatre Company.

 

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. Founded in 2007, this dynamic theater company is making its mark. Plays generated at IAMA have traveled to off-Broadway, Second Stage and the Roundabout Underground, and have been 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. In 2014, IAMA earned the Ovation Award for Outstanding Play in an Intimate Theatre for its Los Angeles premiere of The Recommendation. 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. IAMA is breaking the mold by getting the “cord-cutter generation” to come back out to the theater again – you can’t DVR theater!

 

Sinner’s Laundry opens for press on FridayOct. 20, and Redline opens on SaturdayOct. 21. Both plays continue through Nov. 19. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. To find a schedule of which play performs when, scroll down or visit www.IamaTheatre.com. Single tickets are $30, or see both plays for $50. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood CA 90038. To purchase tickets, call (323380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com.

 

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Sinner’s Laundry’ and ‘Redline

 

WHAT:
World premieres 
of Sinner’s Laundry and Redline — Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieres. In the fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrythe residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Jess and Sam are the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godot meetsOrange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all. Meanwhile, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in the haunting and provocative Redline. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son returns to test the limits of forgiveness.

 

WHO:
Sinner’s Laundry
:
• Written by John Lavelle
• Directed by Becca Wolff
• Starring Courtney Sauls and Christine Woods

 

Redline:
• Written by Christian Durso
• Directed by Eli Gonda
• Starring James Eckhouse and Graham Sibley

 

WHEN:
Oct. 20 – Nov. 19: 
• Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (Opening Night)
• Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.: Redline (Opening Night)
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.: Redline (understudy performance)
• Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (understudy performance)
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.: Redline
• Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.: Redline

 

WHERE:
Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(just east of Vine)

 

HOW:
• Call 323-380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/iamatheatre/
• Follow us on twitter: @iamatheatre and instagram: www.instagram.com/iamatheatre/

TICKET PRICES:
One show: $30
Two shows: $50

PARKING:
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5 Daily Quotes to Get You Through the Work Week (March 13-17)

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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.—Og Mandino

What you do today has a tremendous impact on your future. Your actions today will determine your success tomorrow. If you wish to be extraordinary tomorrow, then you must do great things today and put your best foot forward now.

If your desire is to become a singer, then sing today. If your dream is to be a poet, then write today. If your passion is to become a motivational speaker, then speak today. Do your best daily because your seeding into your future. You reap what you sow; that’s a universal law no man has the authority to change.

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.—Og Mandino Click To Tweet

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Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. —Carol Burnett

Everything you desire from life you already possess. Nevertheless, as long as you continue to look outside yourself you will never find a resolution. The answer to all of your questions God has already placed within you. All you have to do is be still and listen. After all, no one is going to come and save you since you possess the power to save yourself.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. —Carol Burnett Click To Tweet

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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide

You won’t uncover your dreams if you don’t move and you will not discover new possibilities dwelling in an old situation. You must pack your bags, move out of your ancient dwelling place and never look back. You’ll uncover gold mines in your life once you set sail to undiscovered territories. Allow your gifts to drift you into greatness. Your purpose in life is to fearlessly live your passion out loud. Today is the day for you to step away from the shore and voyage. All you have to do is stay in constant motion; always working on your purpose, relentlessly looking onward, forgetting what’s behind you and you shall be victorious.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide Click To Tweet

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. –Neale Donald Walsh

If you desire to enjoy life in all of its essence, then you must learn to step outside of your comfort zone. Life is ever-changing and if your going to revel in it then you have to get with the program and accept change. Reality is constantly evolving. Therefore, it’s up to you to take life by the hand and join in the dance of evolution.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. --Neale Donald Walsh Click To Tweet

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The most effective way to do it, is to do it.—Amelia Earhart

The only way to accomplish your dreams is to get out there and do it. There will never be a perfect time or situation for you to step forward and walk into your destiny. Your responsibility is to take action. What are you waiting for? Get out there and do it already!

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.—Amelia Earhart Click To Tweet
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Quick Takes: JAY-Z/SERENA WILLIAMS/WILLIE NELSON/RITCHIE VALENS/CAAMfest2017

JAY-Z:

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame recently announced its 2017 inductees and for the first time in the organization’s 38-year history, it includes the category of rap. It’s first inductee under the rap category? Jay-Z!

Jay Z will be joined by Swedish mega-songwriter Max Martin; Motown founder Berry Gordy (who wrote for superstar Jackie Wilson prior to forming Motown Records); Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis ; Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow of Chicago. Songwriter Nile Rodgers, who was inducted last year, when asked what took so long for the Songwriters Hall of Fame to recognize rappers as songwriters, offered that “Jay Z was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, (it’s) because he did it through rap, which isn’t considered part of the normal pop music scene,” according to a report on National Public Radio’s web site.

 

Songwriters Hall of Fame co-chairs, the producer/songwriting team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who were inducted previously, wrote that the organization is moving “definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades.”

Could Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls be next?

 

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 15, in New York.

CAAMfest2017:

The Center for Asian American Media announced that tickets are now available for its 35th annual media festival. The theme for this year’s festival is Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow. Celebrating Asian American film, music, and food, the event will be held in Oakland and San Francisco, California venues from March 4 (CAAMFeast) through March 19, and will feature special presentations, CAAMFeast (guess what that’s about), films (of course), events, narratives, documentaries, shorts, and a few other nice touches. “While every birthday is special, turning 35 is a proud moment for CAAMFest. This year, we celebrate 35 years of advancing Asian American media and evolving our platform for Asian and Asian American voices. As a special treat, join us as we revisit three powerful films from the CAAMFests of yesterday.” Those three films are: Who Killed Vincent Chin?; The Fall of the I-Hotel; Yellow (with actor John Cho twenty years ago). Tickets and venues: http://CAAMmedia.org. Other information: http://CAAMfest.com/2017/ . And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CAAMFest

 

 

RITCHIE VALENS:

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Rock & Roll and Rockabilly icon Ritchie Valens, whose meteoric rise in the industry and sudden death was chronicled in the 1987 film, La Bamba, may have a section of California highway named in his honor. Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, introduced a bill recently to rename a portion of California Interstate 5 after the legendary Los Angeles County resident.

 

Bocanegra’s bill introduced to the California State assembly calls for a section between the 170 and 118 freeways to be rebranded “The Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway.” “His music has inspired a generation of Chicano artists in our community and throughout the world. “Ritchie Valens is part of the cultural fabric of the 39th District and the northeast San Fernando Valley, ” Bocanegra said in a statement reported on public station KCET’s web site posted by the respected City News Service. “His music has inspired a generation of Chicano artists in our community and throughout the world. It’s only fitting to name a highway after a rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famer who grew up right here in Pacoima.” Valens attended Pacoima High School; Pacoima is a suburb of Los Angeles.

 

Valens, who was born Richard Steven Valenzuela, died on Feb. 3, 1959, when just 17 years old, in a plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly (That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue) and J.P. `’The Big Bopper’ Richardson (Chantilly Lace). In 1994, the City of Los Angeles renamed a Pacoima park in Valens’ honor, the Ritchie Valens Recreation

Center. Valens is also honored on the city’s Wall of Murals.

SERENA WILLIAMS:

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams spread her wings in a new direction recently. Returning to Sports Illustrated magazine for its annual swimsuit edition, she broke new ground by posing in her first thong. And she wore it to great effect.

ENews quoted the newly engaged sports icon as saying, “I’ve never worn a thong bikini, so for that to be my first shot was like a shot of espresso for me because I had to wake up immediately,” she explained in a behind-the-scenes clip of her SI shoot. “The thong is perfect, it really made me feel comfortable. I’m officially a thong girl now!”

The sports phenomenon indicated that she preferred the one-piece swimsuits, but no one was disappointed with any of her poses. Treat yourself here: http://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/serena-williams/2017/photos#1 and here:  http://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/serena-williams/2017/videos/uncovered

 

WILLIE NELSON:

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Watch Willie sing “Summertime” off the new album ‘Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin’

Pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/wn_smtme_amzn?iqid=fb.wn

Written by: Kato Cooks, RM Entertainment Contributor 

 

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D’Ambrosio Twins- That’s What Girls Do (VIDEO)

D’Ambrosio Twins- That’s What Girls Do (VIDEO):

The D’Ambrosio Twins have done it again with their spicy new Video-That’s What Girls Do!

WATCH:

Check out our exclusive interview with Disney’s, D’Ambrosio Twins. Listen to the priceless advice they provide to aspiring artist, then, watch the D’Ambrosio Twins perform, That’s What Girls Do, LIVE!

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Freedom: #BETAwards (Video)

Freedom:#BETAwards (Video)-
Beyoncé shut down the BET awards with her commanding performance, Freedom, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Freedom is a song which calls out to shackled souls while boldly and unapologetically declaring-now is the time to break free of the shackles which have so easily beset us.

Although the performance was very entertaining, the power lies within the spoken words. “I break chains all by myself; won’t let my freedom rot in hell. Hey! I’ma keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves.”(Beyoncé-Freedom) Can we look past the glimmer and fancy lights and pierce into the truth of our current conditions?

Are you ready to be free? Break the chains!

I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.—Hattie White Click To Tweet I break chains all by myself; won’t let my freedom rot in hell. --Beyonce' Click To Tweet Hey! I’ma keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves.--Beyoncé Click To Tweet

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WATCH LAURA MICHELLE’S SIZZLING NEW MUSIC VIDEO ‘CHUCK NORRIS’

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WATCH Laura Michelle’s sizzling new music video Chuck Norris!

Last year, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter Laura Michelle wrote a song about an iconic legend and this year, she invited him to star in her debut music video, Chuck Norris which OK Magazine deemed, the “Song of the Summer.”

Laura’s inspiration behind Chuck Norris derives from her relationship with her father, which the two of them spent quality time watching Norris’ Walker, Texas Ranger. A tragic unfolding occurred at the age of 15, when Laura lost her beloved father, forcing her to deal with a perplexing agony; too much for a fifteen-year-old to have to bear. Nevertheless, Laura fearlessly unleashed the kung-fu master within herself and allowed destiny to unfold throughout her life. Part of her destiny is harmonizing to the world on how to set free the kung-fu master living deep down within us all.

The trendy inspirational anthem created a huge buzz and caught the attention of the heroic legend Chuck Norris himself who is also featured in the video; the iconic master martial artist looks stimulating, robust, and suave.  But don’t take my word for it. Check out the video yourself and watch Laura Michelle and Chuck Norris in action.

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For More Information:

Laura Michelle Website

Laura Michelle YouTube

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Interview with Actor Christopher Rob Bowen

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Interview with actor Christopher Rob Bowen

Check out our interview with Christopher Rob Bowen! Find out what project’s he’s working on and receive priceless advice on how to make it in the entertainment industry. What are you waiting for? Click the link below to watch this sizzling interview, brought to you by, Renisha Marie TV.

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Film Challenge: The Call

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Film Challenge: The Call

The Call is a short film I directed, that was created out of a challenge. I was given ten minutes to come up with a concept and less than four hours to design, light and shoot the scene of a silent film.  My crew consisted of an Actor, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, 1st AC, 2nd AC and Gaffer. I had the opportunity to work with an outstanding film crew who possessed the passion to carry this project to fruition. Therefore, I would like for you to sit back, relax and enjoy The Call.

Watch The Call below.

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