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IAMA explores themes of love and sexual identity
with world premiere comedy ‘Arrowhead’


LOS ANGELES (REVISED February 7, 2024) — Love, sex, identity… and found family. IAMA Theatre Company continues its “Sweet 16 season of world premieres byLos Angeles-based playwrights with a new comedy by Catya McMullen. Arrowhead opens February 8 at Atwater Village Theatre with director Jenna Worsham at the helm. Performances continue through March 4; low-priced previews begin February 3.

Gen (Amielynn Abellera) is unexpectedly pregnant. Gen is also a lesbian. Yeah, it’s confusing. So Gen does what any unexpectedly pregnant lesbian with a doe-eyed, (potential) arsonist of a girlfriend (Kathleen Littlefield) must: she goes and throws a secret abortion party at a lake house with her straight friends from college (IAMA artistic director Stefanie Black and ensemble member Kacie Rogers). With the arrival of Gen’s lesbian best friend (Lindsay Coryne) and a few other unexpected visitors (ensemble member Adrián González and Nate Smith)… what could go wrong?

Arrowhead explores the question of what happens when what you want sexually conflicts with your feminism, your identity and your community,” says McMullen, who wrote the play while staying in a Lake Arrowhead vacation home that inspired its location. “While this play is in many ways a love letter to queerness, it is not a singularly queer story. My hope is that it will resonate with people of all sexual orientations — that almost everyone can walk into the theater and find at least some small part of themselves reflected in the characters and perspectives. Oh, and laugh. We hope you laugh, too.”

“This is a play of landmines around gender and gender roles,” says Worsham. “But, above all, it’s a comedy. The audience is going to laugh its way into a deeper conversation.”

Arrowhead was commissioned by IAMA and workshopped in 2022 as part of the company’s annual New Works Festival. This marks the company’s second full production of an IAMA-commissioned play, following the critically acclaimed world premiere of Radical or, are you gonna miss me? by Isaac Gómez last November.

“From the moment I first read Catya’s work, I knew this was a voice IAMA needed to produce —and, as an actor, what a gift,” states Black. “I couldn’t be more excited to bring this play to life. Her female characters are powerful and beautifully three dimensional, a reflection this female-led company celebrates. We’re so lucky to be premiering this bold and hilarious new play by a writer we’re proud to call family.”

The creative team includes scenic designer Carolyn Mraz; sound designer Eliza Vedar; associate lighting designer/programmer Erica Ammerman; costume designer Danae Iris McQueen; properties designer Nicole Bernardini; intimacy director Celina Surniak; and casting director Jordan Bass. Rosalind Bevan is associate director; Daniel Cyzpinski is the technical director; and Zaira ParedesVillegas is the production stage manager alongside assistant stage manager Isabella Gomez and wardrobe supervisor Athena Saxon. Quinn O’Connor produces and Katharine Means co-produces for IAMA Theatre Company.

McMullen is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include Georgia Mertching Is Dead (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Time Out NY “Critic’s Pick”) for which she was awarded the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner award for best new play by a new playwright; AGNES (Lesser America, New York Times “Critics Pick”); the comedic hip-hop musical Locked Up Bitches (The Flea Theater); and Rubber Ducks and Sunsets (Ground UP Productions); among others. She is a proud alum of the Obie award-winning EST/Youngblood, and was the co-creator of The Homebound Project with Jenna Worsham, a fundraising theater initiative for No Kid Hungry, which raised over $150,000 to help feed hungry children affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. She is currently writing the feature film adaptation of Marjorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal for Margot Robbie’s Lucky Chap Productions. She has developed film and television with Amazon, Hulu, Universal, Showtime and Lionsgate, and has staffed on Amazon’s Youth (creator and executive producer); AMC’s Dietland; Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; Showtime, Taika Waititi and Peter Warren’s The Auteur; FX’s Y the Last Man; and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her dentally challenged dog.

Founded in 2007, IAMA is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to cultivating new voices and creating new works that push boundaries and take risks, while fostering an inclusive community that inspires theater-makers of future generations. IAMA is invested in challenging audiences with an authentic experience that reflects our complex modern world. Designated by Playbill as “one of 20 regional houses every theater lover must know,” the award-winning company is dedicated to developing new plays and musicals by emerging and established playwrights, including over 25 world, West Coast and Los Angeles premieres. The backbone of the company, IAMA’s ensemble members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as a vast array of theater and live performances on and off-Broadway and across the country. Works developed at IAMA have traveled to off-Broadway, including to Second Stage and Playwrights Horizons, and continue to be performed regionally and internationally.

Arrowhead opens on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., with performances thereafter on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at8 p.m., and on Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 4 (dark Monday Feb. 12). All tickets are $40, except Monday. Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 26, which are Pay-What-You-Can, and previews, which are $25.

Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039. Free parking is available in the ATX (Atwater Crossing) lot one block south of the theater.

For reservations and information, call (323) 380-8843 or go to

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IAMA Theatre Company 
presents the world premiere of Arrowhead by Catya McMullen, a comic tale of love, sex, identity… and found family. Gen is unexpectedly pregnant. Gen is also a lesbian. Yeah, it’s confusing. So Gen does what any unexpectedly pregnant lesbian with a doe-eyed, (potential) arsonist of a girlfriend must: she goes and throws a secret abortion party at a lake house with her straight friends from college. With the arrival of her lesbian best friend and a few other unexpected visitors… what could go wrong?

Written by Catya McMullen
Directed by Jenna Worsham
Starring Amielynn Abellera, Stefanie Black, Lindsay Coryne, Adrián González, Kathleen Littlefield, Kacie Rogers, Nate Smith

• Presented by IAMA Theatre Company, Stefanie Black, artistic director

Previews: Feb. 3 – Feb. 7
Performances: Feb. 8 – March 4
Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Feb. 6 ONLY (Preview)

Wednesday at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 ONLY (Preview)
Thursdays at 8 p.m.Feb. 8 ONLY (Opening Night)
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 9; Feb. 16; Feb. 23; March 1
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 3 (Preview); Feb. 10; Feb. 17; Feb. 24; March 2
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Feb. 11; Feb. 18; Feb. 25; March 3
Sundays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 4 ONLY (Preview)
Mondays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 19; Feb. 26; March 4 (dark Feb. 12)

Atwater Village Theatre

3269 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
FREE parking in the ATX (Atwater Crossing) lot one block south of the theater.

• General Admission (except Feb. 19 and Feb. 36): $40
• Mondays, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26: Pay-What-You-Can 

• Previews: $25

(323) 380-8843

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