Ira lawrence

IRA LAWRENCE GAMERMAN plays a haunted electric mandolin that belonged to his estranged grandmother. His immersive theater piece GHOST ROOM will premier at Chashama’s Art Is Everywhere Gala in June of 2017. 

Ira’s theatrical work has been performed at The Kennedy Center, Samuel French OOB, #Serials @ The Flea, Ensemble Studio Theater, Short & Sweet Sydney, Collaboraction (@ the Steppenwolf Garage), F*It Club, Source Festival, Single Carrot, The Australian Broadcast Corporation, and The Chicago New Media Summit (among many other places around the globe). In 2006, City Paper voted Ira “Best Playwright Of Baltimore”. In 2009, Dated: A Cautionary Tale For Facebook Users was a New York Innovative Theater Award nominee for best short play.  Ira has received playwriting grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chicago Union League. BILLY BITCHASS  is published in THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016 by Smith & Kraus.

In summer of 2017 Ira will lead a Music Ascension program- teaching songwriting and recording techniques to elementary through high school students at Indian Head Camp. Ira has taught undergraduate theater and writing classes at Ohio University and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.  He has also worked as a development associate at The Keswell School- helping children with Autism.  Ira has mentored Young Playwrights Festivals at Atlanta’s Horizon Theater and Baltimore’s Center Stage. In Manila, Ira taught theater games to impoverished youths with Project Pearls and lead workshops on musical writing at the Karnabal Festival.

Ira has shared the stage with Blue Oyster Cult, The Twilight Sad, and Cee Knowledge (Of Digable Planets).  Ira’s debut EP “Elegant Freefall” was voted Independent Clauses #9 Best EP of 2015. Ira shot the music video for “Jeremy Crackers” on a broken I-phone and edited it in a Baltimore hospital. It features a collection of Chicken memorabilia. His self recorded debut album “MAPAGKAWANGGAWA” received critical praise in 2016, and his new album “Young & Paranoid” will be out November 3rd 2017.

Internationally, Ira is 1/4th of AustraliAmerican Theater Collective Everything Everywhere  (2 Aussies 2 Americans 2 gals 2 dudes 2 goys 2 Jews 2 legit 2 quit) whose new performance "Everything Is Everywhere Lie To Your Face" made it's debut at the 2015 Karnabal Festival in the Philippines.

Ira’s podcast work has been produced by Radiotopia’s THE TRUTH where "Biological Clock" won a 2013 Mark Time Award and "Sweets For The Cheat" was a 2013 Audio Verse Awards finalist. Both episodes have been downloaded over 150,000 times.

Ira co-created, co-produces, and co-hosts DANGEROUSLY UNQUALIFIED: A PODCAST ABOUT LOVE (The original serialized Baltimore-centric podcast from Ira G and America's Favorite Amateur Dating Coach: Ryan Dowler).  

Ira holds a BA in Theater from Towson University, an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, and studied Devised theater at the (now defunct) Dartington College Of Art in the UK.  He has been a script consultant for Serbian Filmmaker Milica Zec (Sundance New Frontiers 2015). Ira has been published by Consequence Of Sound, High Times, Eleven Magazine, and Howlround. His work on The Wire remains his favorite acting gig to date.

 

GHOST ROOM  is an immersive theater piece where audiences conjure spirits and receive life advice from the dead. Ira Lawrence portrays a masked ghost interpreter and Siobhan O'loughlin is his supernatural spirit. GHOST ROOM was performed at the former Vanity Fair offices for the 2017 Chashama Gala. The video is directed by Cole Smothers and features "Lurking From The Sidelines" - the first single from Ira Lawrence's sophomore Haunted Mandolin album, YOUNG & PARANOID.

YOUNG & PARANOID - the second album composed entirely on the haunted electric mandolin Ira Lawrence received from his estranged grandmother- features cathartic and distorted post-folk songs about ditch-digging vagabonds, bedbugs, killer cops, mimes, and murderers.  After a brush with Filipino Soap Opera stardom on his summery 2016 debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA, Ira returned to New York with no fixed address and fell into a deep depression after the death of David Bowie and his non-estranged grandmother Jean Satisky. Young & Paranoid's raw and emotive songs emerged from an ether of loneliness, loss, displacement, fear for the future, and finding hope in the darkest of times.  Young & Paranoid was self-recorded by Ira in various bedrooms and cat-sitting gigs in Brooklyn between Christmas of 2015 and Christmas 2016. It was mixed and mastered by John Jagos AKA Brothertiger in Greenpoint in March of 2017.  It features: NO GUITARS and NO DRUMS ONLY IRA LAWRENCE'S HAUNTED MANDOLIN

YOUNG & PARANOID - the second album composed entirely on the haunted electric mandolin Ira Lawrence received from his estranged grandmother- features cathartic and distorted post-folk songs about ditch-digging vagabonds, bedbugs, killer cops, mimes, and murderers. 

After a brush with Filipino Soap Opera stardom on his summery 2016 debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA, Ira returned to New York with no fixed address and fell into a deep depression after the death of David Bowie and his non-estranged grandmother Jean Satisky. Young & Paranoid's raw and emotive songs emerged from an ether of loneliness, loss, displacement, fear for the future, and finding hope in the darkest of times. 

Young & Paranoid was self-recorded by Ira in various bedrooms and cat-sitting gigs in Brooklyn between Christmas of 2015 and Christmas 2016. It was mixed and mastered by John Jagos AKA Brothertiger in Greenpoint in March of 2017. 

It features: NO GUITARS and NO DRUMS
ONLY IRA LAWRENCE'S HAUNTED MANDOLIN

COME SEE CRYSTAL VACATION PLAY ROCKWOOD FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd in NYC!

COME SEE CRYSTAL VACATION PLAY ROCKWOOD FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd in NYC!

Check out the inaugural album Ira recorded, cowrote, and produced with Sion Edmonds (Bronze Age Boats UK) and some enormously talented 8-12 year old campers at Indian Head Camp via The Music Ascension program. 

GHOST ROOM AT 2017 CHASHAMA GALA (photo by GUEST OF A GUEST)

GHOST ROOM AT 2017 CHASHAMA GALA (photo by GUEST OF A GUEST)

Thanks to everyone who checked out GHOST ROOM at CHASHAMA's Gala!

Thanks to everyone who checked out GHOST ROOM at CHASHAMA's Gala!

 I'm making an immersive GHOST ROOM for Chashama Gala After Party - Art is Everywhere on June 8th. What'a a Ghost Room? It's an interactive theater piece where audience members get life advice from the dead. It's part of Chashama's ART IS EVERYWHERE Gala- Artists take over spaces in the old Vanity Fair office at 4 Times Square and turn the whole floor into an art party. It's a super fun affair if you need an excuse to dress up fancy and see cool installations! After Party is 9pm-12am on Thursday JUNE 8th Use this code for a $25 discounted ticket: artiseverywhere2017 Tickets: chashama.org/after_party_tickets

 I'm making an immersive GHOST ROOM for Chashama Gala After Party - Art is Everywhere on June 8th. What'a a Ghost Room? It's an interactive theater piece where audience members get life advice from the dead. It's part of Chashama's ART IS EVERYWHERE Gala- Artists take over spaces in the old Vanity Fair office at 4 Times Square and turn the whole floor into an art party. It's a super fun affair if you need an excuse to dress up fancy and see cool installations! After Party is 9pm-12am on Thursday JUNE 8th

Use this code for a $25 discounted ticket: artiseverywhere2017
Tickets: chashama.org/after_party_tickets

ITS MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND AND I HAVE A NEW BAND CALLED CRYSTAL VACATION AND WE'RE PLAYING ROCKWOOD WITH THE LOBBYISTS ON MAY 14th. BE THERE.

ITS MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND AND I HAVE A NEW BAND CALLED CRYSTAL VACATION AND WE'RE PLAYING ROCKWOOD WITH THE LOBBYISTS ON MAY 14th. BE THERE.

New Headshots Courtesy of ZACH DEZON CAST ME IN YOUR MOVIE

New Headshots Courtesy of ZACH DEZON

CAST ME IN YOUR MOVIE

2016 FALL TOUR DATES 9.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Friends & Lovers (MONDO) 9.18 New York, NY @ Pianos (MONDO) 9.24 Boston, MA @ House Show  (W/ Bedbug, Looks Like Mountains, Tuxis Giant) 10.13 Kansas City, KS @ Buffalo Room  (W/ The Vi Tran Band) 10.17 Saint Louis, MO @ Foam (W/ Dubb Nubb & Bryan Ranney)   Ira Lawrence's Debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA  is out 10/7/16 PRE ORDER IT HERE: iralawrence.bandcamp.com

2016 FALL TOUR DATES

9.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Friends & Lovers (MONDO)

9.18 New York, NY @ Pianos (MONDO)

9.24 Boston, MA @ House Show  (W/ Bedbug, Looks Like Mountains, Tuxis Giant)

10.13 Kansas City, KS @ Buffalo Room  (W/ The Vi Tran Band)

10.17 Saint Louis, MO @ Foam (W/ Dubb Nubb & Bryan Ranney)

 

Ira Lawrence's Debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA  is out 10/7/16

PRE ORDER IT HERE: iralawrence.bandcamp.com

Thanks so much for coming to "JEFF'S JEWISH DATING SERVICE" AT THE FLEA #SERIALS!  We made it all the way to Episode 2. Enjoy this photo of Tressa Preston and Thomas Muccioli by Scott Fetterman. 

Thanks so much for coming to "JEFF'S JEWISH DATING SERVICE" AT THE FLEA #SERIALS!  We made it all the way to Episode 2. Enjoy this photo of Tressa Preston and Thomas Muccioli by Scott Fetterman. 

Ira's new play "Jeff's Jewish Dating Service"- about a struggling faith-based dating service in 1984- is coming to The Flea's Serials: July 14-16 @ 11:00pm. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/960989 In ‪#‎serials‬@theflea, five teams of actors perform original ten-minute episodic plays. The audience votes for its three favorite plays, which return the next week with a new installment. The teams with the two least popular stories are voted off the island. All tickets are $12 and include a beer! Love to see you there! Check out this interview with Ira about the show: http://thefleatheater.tumblr.com/post/147455443427/wild-new-ideas-energetic-performers-sleep-an

Ira's new play "Jeff's Jewish Dating Service"- about a struggling faith-based dating service in 1984- is coming to The Flea's Serials: July 14-16 @ 11:00pm. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/960989

In ‪#‎serials‬@theflea, five teams of actors perform original ten-minute episodic plays. The audience votes for its three favorite plays, which return the next week with a new installment. The teams with the two least popular stories are voted off the island. All tickets are $12 and include a beer! Love to see you there!

Check out this interview with Ira about the show: http://thefleatheater.tumblr.com/post/147455443427/wild-new-ideas-energetic-performers-sleep-an

5.11.16

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRA!

IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK CITY, COME CELEBRATE ON FRIDAY MAY 13th  at Cake Shop's MILLION BAND PRINCE TRIBUTE NIGHT.  FREE! 

https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1185473-gonna-be-beautiful-night-new-york/ 

IRA LAWRENCE'S HAUNTED PRINCE REVUE will go down around 9pm, he'll be playing covers, telling stories, and getting possessed by the spirit of the purple one, alongside tons of other amazing bands who will play Prince songs 'til the break of dawn. 

3.29.16

Ira Lawrence's self-recorded debut album MAPAGKAWANGGAWA is mixed! There's a few more tweaks left and then it's off to mastering. Release date is still TBD.

Track List:

1. All My Fake Friends

2. Inconsistency

3. Jeff Said Play Dead

4. Filipino Soap Star

5. Come Again Camiguin Jean

6. Perpetual Bachelor Party

7. Bong Sung Thai

8. My Double Nickel Diamonds

9. Leave It In The Philippines

10. Scot In Spacehotels

11. Blue Wide Hours

 

3.13.16

Ira's new short play "Larry At The Gaza Strip Club" made it's premier at Artistic New Directions' Eclectic Evening Of Shorts at Shetler Studios in New York City. "Larry At The Gaza Strip Club" was directed by Cotton Wright and featured Cheryl Horne, Katie Mack, Isaac Rodriguez, and Ira (playing an obese bartender named Larry "Boo" Carey).  If you missed the show, check out this audio version of the play recorded and performed by Ira and featuring Marissa Wolf:

2.8.16 

"Netflix & Chill" won first prize at the 2016 F*it Club Film Race.

Check out Ira's whacky acting and a haunted mandolin cover of The Velvet Underground's " I'm Waiting For The Man". Conceived, Directed and Acted in less than 48 hours by: Ira Gamerman, Kerry Kastin, Michael Propster, and Kia Sayyadi. And introducing, Eli Thacker Taylor.