Katie Rubin's Why I Died, A Comedy opens at Hudson Theatre

Oct 4, 2013
Why I Died, a Comedy!

Actor, writer, and comedienne Katie Rubin will bring her new solo show, Why I Died, a Comedy! to the Hudson Theatre Mainstage for six weeks only, it was announced today by producer Laura Hill. Directed by Victor Bumbalo, Why I Died, a Comedy! begins previews on October 18 and opening is set for Saturday, October 26 at 8pm. The limited engagement will run through November 23 only.

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.

Producer Laura Hill began her professional career in management, consulting with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of project management, communications and training. She made the leap back to her love of theatre in 2004 when she joined Deaf West Theatre, working in many capacities including Producer and Managing Director, through 2011. She currently serves as Managing Director of Rogue Machine Theatre and works with other Los Angeles-based theatres.

The scenic design for Why I Died, a Comedy! is by Evan Bartoletti, lighting design is by Johnny Ryman, and sound design is by Matt Richter. For further show info, please visit www.hudsontheatre.com/faqs.html or www.KatieRubin.com.

Why I Died, a Comedy! will play four preview performances on Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19, Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25, all at 8pm. Opening is set for Saturday, October 26 at 8pm. The running schedule is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm through November 23 only. Tickets are $10 for previews and $20 for regular performances and are available online at www.KatieRubin.com or by phone at (323) 960-7780. The Hudson Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038. Street parking is available.