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Announcing: Katie Rubin’s ‘Why I Died, a Comedy!’ Extended for 9 Perfs at Atwater Village Theatre, Jan 3-Feb 27


Why I Died, a Comedy!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 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 or by phone at (510) 689-8025. The Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Avenue in Los Angeles, 90038. Street and lot parking are available.

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Announcing: Special Performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” Directed By LA Talk Radio’s Sheena Metal, Will Benefit the V-Day Movement and

All-Star Cast Will Perform
The Vagina Monologues to Benefit V-Day

Popular LATalkRadio Host Sheena Metal Produces and Directs
the Eve Ensler Play at the Atwater Village Theatre
3 Performances Only, February 14-15-16

Vagina Monologues 2013 - LogoMore than 50 film and television stars will perform Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in an intimate theatrical setting for three performances only, February 14, 15, and 16 at 8pm, at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles. Produced and directed by Sheena Metal for Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles, all proceeds will benefit V-Day, A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls, and, a national pro-child, anti-crime association committed to building a powerful, nonpartisan force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect.

“It is exciting to work with so many great actresses, all of whom are graciously donating their time and talents,” said Metal, whose popular LATalkRadio show, The Sheena Metal Experience (M-F, 5-7pm) is only one of four programs she hosts on LATR each week. “I salute every artist, onstage and off, who is contributing to this special presentation of The Vagina Monologues.”

Among the long list of luminous actresses who will perform in the three benefit performances are (in alphabetical order) Alison Arngrim, Ilene Graff, Geri Jewell, Gates McFadden, Susan Olsen, Angel Parker, Eve Sigall, Barbara Tarbuck, Ann Walker, Dee Wallace, Allee Willis, and Kim Yarbrough. A complete cast list is available at

To date, the V-Day movement, founded by playwright/actress Eve Ensler, has raised over $75 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it. In 2006, the V-Day movement was named one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, and in 2010, over 5400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. In 12 years, the V-Day movement has reached over 300 million people.

These special performances of The Vagina Monologues are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 14, 15, and 16, at 8pm. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online at The Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Avenue, in Los Angeles.

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