The Grand Irrationality

Developed at the National Theatre in London, Jemma Kennedy’s new comedy kicks off the New Year by making its world premiere at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles.

In astrology, the Grand Irrationality is when the planets are all out of alignment and nothing adds up – a pretty fair description of Guy Proud’s life. His job depends on the success of his new ad campaign. He’s sleeping with Nina, the product manager, but he’s in love with Vivienne, who is French. Murray, his estranged father breaks his leg and has to move in with him, along with his sister Rose, who works out her post-partem depression by obsessively baking cakes. What’s a Gemini to do?

After her first novel Skywalking was published by Penguin/Viking in 2003, playwright JEMMA KENNEDY began writing for the stage.  A radio play was recorded for BBC Radio 4 and several of her plays produced on the UK fringe before she was offered a placement at the National Theatre Studio, where she wrote The Grand Irrationality.  Jemma was a Pearson Playwright in residence at the National 2010-2011, for which she has written two plays.  She is now under commission to the Unicorn Theatre, Soho Theatre and NT Connections for their 2013 seasons.  Jemma has three films in development with directors Justin Hardy and Amanda Boyle.

THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY opens on Friday, January 11th and runs through March 3, 2013.  Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm at THE LOST STUDIO located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue (between 1st & 2nd) in Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Tickets are $25.  For reservations call (323) 960-4443 or online at

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