The Bottoming Process

By Nicholas Pilapil

Directed by Rodney To

A World Premiere Production

Co-produced by IAMA Theatre Company & Los Angeles LGBT Center

May 13 – June 12, 2023

Renberg Theatre

Two writers meet and fall in love — or something like it. Milo (Lucille Lortel Award-winning, multiple Drama Desk Award nominated actor George Salazar, Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, NBC’s Superstore) is a fledgling writer who’s mostly funny on Twitter. John (Rick Cosnett, The Flash) is a famed novelist. John is nearing middle age, while Milo is flailing through his twenties. John is white — and Milo is definitely not. As they mate, date and cohabitate, they grapple with issues of race, sex, power and the model minority myth, all to find out who’s really on top.

Pay What You Choose

All Monday performances are Pay What You Choose. We are committed to making tickets accessible to everyone.

IAMA Theatre Company

Founded in 2007, IAMA Theatre Company is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to the creation and cultivation of new voices and artists that challenge boundaries and take risks, while fostering an inclusive community that inspires theater-makers of future generations. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world and IAMA’s work reflects the new voices and changing attitudes that continue to shape this city, state, country and world. Designated by Playbill as “one of 20 regional houses every theater lover must know,” the award-winning company has seen many plays generated at IAMA travel to off-Broadway, including to Second Stage and Playwrights Horizons, then go on to be performed regionally and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as in a vast array of theater and live performances on and off-Broadway and across the country. IAMA has been dedicated to developing new plays and musicals by emerging and established playwrights, culminating in over 25 world, West Coast and Los Angeles premieres.

Performance Information

1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission
Masks are currently required for all performances.

Creative Team

Written by Nicholas Pilapil
Directed by Rodney To
Starring George Salazar, Rick Cosnett, Anisha Adusumilli, Julia Cho, Ty Molbak

Presented by IAMA Theatre Company, Stefanie Black, artistic director
and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, artistic director

The creative team for The Bottoming Process includes scenic designer Christopher Scott Murillo; lighting designer Josh Epstein; sound designer Jeff Gardner; projections designer Nicholas Santiago; costume designer Elena Flores; properties designers Michael O’Hara and Rye Mandel; intimacy director Carly DW Bones; and casting director Jordan Bass. IAMA ensemble member Adrián González is associate director. Tiffany Moon is lead producer; Katharine Means is co-producer; Zach Davidson is associate producer; Athena Saxon is producing assistant & second assistant stage manager; Patricia Sutherland is production manager; Matt Richter is technical director; Lars McCuen Van is production stage manager; and Quinn O’Connor is assistant stage manager.

Cast photos