Director Trish Brown and Writer Angela Sage Larsen are co-creators of Bottom Little Theatre, a project they've been threatening to make a reality for twenty years. With themes of friendship (ala Laverne & Shirley) and community theatre (Waiting for Guffman), the story will resonate with anyone who's ever had a dream of making a difference through the arts, has a best friend who knows them better than anyone in the world, or who just needs a good laugh through some clean and irreverent humor! Bottom Little Theatre, cast and shot in spring 2015 and now in post-production, is a mockumentary-style comedy with a lot of heart.
Best friends Kath Bailey (actress) and Ariel Lovage (artist and writer) are just out of college and just idealistic enough to make a go at being true artists before their student loan repayment plans kick in. They live with their eccentric, trend-obsessed roommate Kelly. Kath gets the lead role in The Rainmaker at Bottom Little Theatre, run by Nicholas Bottom (aka, Nick Bottom, the, uhhhm, ass in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). It’s not long before Ariel is roped into being stage manager and meets Kath’s leading man and nemesis, Josh Sommers. Josh has experienced some mild success on TV (the now-cancelled low-rated series Miami Knights, as “Detective Knight”) and has come home to help his parents out and get some live theater experience before he restarts his career in NYC on stage. Nick announces there is no budget to buy the rights to produce The Rainmaker and decides to write their own musical production of The Rainmaker called The Rainteaser: A Musical in Three Acts. Kelly becomes involved, “helping” to write the music. There is no love lost between Josh and Kath, but the two realize after a disastrous dress rehearsal that to save both of their careers (and dignity), they will have to make some adjustments to their big love scene.
As in all community theatrical endeavors, it takes a "village" to create magic sometimes seemingly out of thin air. The cast and crew of The Rainteaser: A Musical in Three Acts (just like the cast and crew of the series Bottom Little Theatre!) must find in their common love of theatre, a way to bring a story to life to inspire their audience and tell a story that resonates with like-hearted dreamers.
A comedy 20 years in the making about best friends, big dreams and a little theatre. Now in post-production!