Katie Rubin's WHY I DIED, A COMEDY Plays at Atwater Village Theatre thru Feb 27

Katie Rubin's WHY I DIED, A COMEDY Plays at Atwater Village Theatre thru Feb 27

Actor, writer, and comedienne Katie Rubin will reprise her new solo show, Why I Died, a Comedy! for nine performances only at the Atwater Village Theatre beginning tonight, January 3, 2014. Directed by Victor Bumbalo, Why I Died, a Comedy! recently enjoyed an acclaimed engagement at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, and is now extended by popular demand.

Why I Died, a Comedy! is Katie Rubin's fourth solo show. In it, she tells the story of navigating a deep spiritual awakening in the face of a hilariously pushy producer, an intense writing deadline, the uncontrollable nature of her own imagination, a codependent mugger, pop stars, reality TV, infomercials, and a bevy of "false prophets." Through the voices of 10 comedic characters, Rubin chronicles her attempt to create and evolve simultaneously. Will her spiritual and creative efforts merge? Or will she have to give up one for the other?

Writer/Performer Katie Rubin began her career at Amherst College with her first original piece, PartyBoobyTrap. Her second play, Avoiding Less Blue, was produced in the 2000 New York Fringe Festival. Rubin's first original solo show, Insides OUT!, toured to venues across the country. In 2010, Sacramento's Capital Stage Theater Company commissioned her to complete her second theatrical solo show, Amazing and Sage, and shortly thereafter she completed her third solo piece, My Spiritual Death, a Comedy Show! with which Rubin has been touring for the past three years to venues in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Florida. In addition to performing and writing original material, Rubin also works as a regional theatre actress and director.

Director Victor Bumbalo is also a playwright whose work has been produced worldwide and translated into five languages. His plays include Adam and the Experts, Niagara Falls, What Are Tuesdays Like?, Tell, and Questa. Bumbalo is the recipient of an Ingram Merrill Award for Playwriting. He has written for several popular television series including NYPD Blue, American Gothic, Relativity, and HBO's Spawn. His short film Two Boys has recently appeared in several major film festivals. At the 2011 Beverly Hills Shorts Film Festival his film won the Jury Award for Best Drama. Bumbalo also won Best Director at the 2012 Raleigh Studios ITN Distribution Film Festival.

Why I Died, a Comedy! will play nine performances only from January 3 through February 27, with the following running schedule - Fridays, January 3, 10, and 17; Saturdays, January 4, 11, and 18; and Thursdays, February 13, 20, and 27, all at 8pm. Following certain performances, Ms. Rubin will present some new characters she is developing for her next show; audience feedback will be welcome.

Tickets are $20, available online at www.KatieRubin.com. The Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Avenue in Los Angeles, 90038. Street and lot parking are available.

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