The world premiere of SHINER by Christian Durso opens IAMA Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season on Friday September 14 at Working Stage Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. Performances:  Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm thru October 14. Tickets: $18 at and $25 at the door.

In the spring of 1994, two outcast teens make a pact to die happy: see Nirvana at the Hollywood Bowl then jump off the 101 overpass together. But a first kiss, a restraining order and Kurt Cobain’s declining health threaten their plans. This grunge rock fueled love story was named this month to the Tracking Board’s Young and Hungry List, a roll of the top 100 Buzzworthy scripts of 2012.

The two-hander stars Graham Sibley (CRACK WHORE GALORE, HOUSE OF GOLD) and Laila Ayad (BACHELORETTE).  Neil Patrick Stewart (ELEPHANT MAN, IN THE HEIGHTS) directs this highly physical production. Says Stewart, “Shiner is an intimate play with all the power of an avalanche- it will speak to anyone who identifies with the beautiful misery of early teen-hood.  Like a Nirvana song, the production is full of rhythm and angst, melodies and epiphanies, and the voice of a generation in pain.” Designers are Adrianna Iantorno (costumes), Eric Saez (Sound), Leigh Spencer Brown (Lights) and Haley Ho (set).

Other Plays of the 2012-2013 Season

DO LIKE THE KIDS DO by Louise Munson. Opens November 9 at the Working Stage Theatre

In the tradition of the American family drama comes DO LIKE THE KIDS DO. This profound and funny play tells the story of a brother and sister struggling to connect in the face of events neither can control. The production is helmed by veteran L.A. actor and director Keliher Walsh and features IAMA members Amy Rosoff and Dean Chekvala.

60 MILES TO SILVERLAKE by Dan LeFranc. Coming in early 2013. Opening date TBA

Directed by Becca Wolff, this play about a father driving his son to soccer practice bends time and space, making this ordinary episode an extraordinary reflection of what it means to grow up. Winner of the New York Times award for Outstanding Play, 2010. Cast TBA



For more information on IAMA’s 2012-13 season, and for press compscontact Artistic Director Mira Greene

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