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"Found" from IAMA Theatre Company

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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."

LOS ANGELES - eTradeWire -- "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 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 and Lee Overtree, with music and original lyrics by Emmy-nominated composer Eli Bolin. Tony-nominated director Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs, alongside orchestrators/musical directors Frank Galgano and Matt Castle and Emmy award-winning choreographer Kathryn Burns.

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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."

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Found opens on Thurs., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. through March 23. Previews Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.; and Monday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets $35, previews $20. LATC is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Parking $5 with validation at Joe's Parking structure, 530 S. Spring St. Tickets and info, call 323-380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com.

Lucy Pollak

Source: IAMA Theatre Company
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