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Tom DeTrinis / Photo by Jeff Hammerton

Making Friends, a new, “gaytastic” comic solo play, written and performed by self-confessed rage-aholic Tom DeTrinis, will be filmed live at L.A.’s Pico Playhouse for digital release by IAMA Theatre Company. Directed by Drew Droege, Making Friends will be available for viewing beginning Dec. 17 and continue streaming through Jan. 11, 2021. Tickets, which start at $15, will be sold in weekly blocks and include access to a variety of supporting live events. For more information on ticketing and streaming, go to www.iamatheatre.com.  

Making Friends offers up a non-stop, hilarious litany of grievances, unmasking DeTrinis’ singular views on everything from cheese (“vile f***ing spoiled milk!”) to New York City (“its clutches grab you from the moment you enter until it squeezes the very last ounce of joy out of you right before you shrivel and die slash leave out of JFK/Newark or GOD FORBID LAGUARDIA?!?!?!”).

DeTrinis is no stranger to the stage, either on or off. From producing, directing and performing in theater to working in television, film and on the web, he has enjoyed being stupid and making others laugh at his own expense. Favorite theater credits include Found (IAMA), Die, Mommie, Die! (CTG/Celebration), The SantaLand Diaries (Virginia Stage Company 2018, 2019) and 30 Minute Musicals (All 16+ of them). You’ve seen him on TV in 90210, Switched at Birth, Greek and Community;on the big screen in Squirrel (New Hampshire Film Festival Best Narrative Feature), 12 Hour Shift, Wedding Dance and Adjust-a-Dream. 

Making Friends is the first in IAMA Theatre Company’s 2020-21 season of new solo work, a season that looks toward the future by elevating voices that promote change in our world. IAMA hopes to illuminate that path by supporting diverse voices that break down the walls of isolation and encourage connection and community. According to IAMA co-artistic directors Stefanie Black and Katie Lowes, “There is no better voice to lead the charge this season than Tom’s. Get ready, L.A. and beyond!”

Streaming on demand Dec. 17, 2020 – Jan 11, 2021

Tickets will be sold in weekly blocks and include access to a variety of supporting events with special guests.

Week #1 (Dec. 17-20):

Post-performance Talkback with actor Michael Urie (Ugly Betty)

Instagram Live “Angry Fireside Chat” with actor, director and Celebration Theatre artistic director Michael Shepperd

Week #2 (Dec. 21-27):

Post-performance Talkback with Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist actor Tom Lenk and screenwriter Byron Lane 

Week #3 (Dec. 28-Jan 3):

Post-performance Talkback with TBA

Week #4 (Jan. 4-11):

Post-performance Roundtable Discussion with artists from IAMA’s 2020-21 Virtual Season of Solo Work: Ryan J. Haddad (Hi, Are You Single?, presented in association with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Anna LaMadrid (The Oxy Complex), Sheila Carrasco(Anyone But Me) and Brandon Kyle Goodman (The Latrell Show)