Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m
Maggie Rowe (who among her many other accomplishments was a writer on Arrested Development ) was herself once nearly arrested in development when she voluntarily spent a spell in a mental institution as a teenager. In Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience the popular writer and raconteur, and producer of LA.’s sitnspin show, delivers a voice-driven tour-de-force about her flight INTO the cuckoo’s nest as a young Born-Again Christian and how her fellow inmates got her out the other side. Don’t miss this bold and funny wordsmith sharing a reading, q&a, and signing.
As a young girl, Maggie Rowe took the idea of salvation very seriously. Growing up in a moderately religious household, her fear of eternal damnation turned into a childhood terror that drove her to become an outrageously dedicated Born-again Christian —regularly slinging Bible verses in cutthroat scripture memorization competitions and assaulting strangers at shopping malls with the “good news” that they were going to hell. Finally, at nineteen, crippled by her fear, she checked herself into an Evangelical psychiatric facility—and that is where her journey really began. Surrounded by a ragtag cast of characters, including a former biker meth-head struggling with anger management issues, a set of identical twins tormented by erotic fantasies, a World War II veteran and artist of denial who insists that he’s only “locked up for a tune-up,” and a warm and upbeat chronic depressive who becomes the author’s closest ally, Maggie launches a campaign to, in the words of Martin Luther, “Sin bravely in order to know the forgiveness of God.”
“Rowe’s fantastic book is a born-again version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…This is a cutting examination of Rowe’s spiritual evolution that plunges into the big questions with the fearlessness found in the most brilliant of comics.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
For the last fifteen years Maggie Rowe has performed in and produced the Comedy Central stage show sitnspin, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word event, having taken over the reigns from creator Jill Soloway in 2002. She has written for Arrested Development and Flaked for Netflix. She co-wrote the screenplay and directed the New Age religious mockumentary “Bright Day” and is the creator of the theatrical satires Hollywood Hellhouse and Hollywood Purity Ball.