Sometimes life is stranger than fiction and that is SO very much the case when it comes to the trainwreck of a life lived by Lindsay Lohan. Director Ben Rimalower and performer D’Arcy Drollinger have created an off-Broadway show called Project: Lohan that takes the found text of Lindsay‘s actual words and turns it into entertainment. Project: Lohan debuted in NYC last night and promises to give a fair but funny portrayal of the young girl’s very messy life. In real life, TMZ is reporting that Lindsay has decided to plead no contest to the misdemeanor charges of theft brought against her. If she does plead no contest, that would mean she would need to serve that 120 day jail sentence that she got slapped with a couple of weeks ago. Might Lindsay be ready to take responsibility for her actions? Is that even possible?
La MaMa E.T.C. presents the world premiere of Project: Lohan, written by D’Arcy Drollinger and directed by Ben Rimalower, April 29-May 8. Playwright Drollinger plays Lindsay in a cast that also includes Clayton Dean Smith, Brandon Olson, Cindy Goldfield, Emily McGowan and Brian Reiss. Described as a “multi-media, gender-bending theatrical experience,” the show is uses only published text from tabloids, magazines, entertainment TV and internet gossip sites. “From starlet to harlot, from hottie to hot mess, from fashion plate to prison inmate,” press notes state, “Lindsay Lohan has been the subject of arguably one of the most publicized rise and falls in showbiz history. The youngest person to host the MTV movie awards and earning over $7 million a picture before she turned 18, Lindsay had it all, but her love/hate relationship with the paparazzi played a significant role in her seemingly out-of-control spiral. The money, the fame, the feuds, the media-hungry parents, the lesbian lover, the insatiable paparazzi, five trips to rehab, two DUI’s, possession of cocaine, shoplifting, physical abuse and even carjacking — all played out in the public eye — will be reinterpreted for the stage; and will include other such luminaries as Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, Hillary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson, Samantha Ronson, Dina and Michael Lohan, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Leslie Sloan Zelnick and Wilmer Valderrama.” This Equity-approved showcase features set design by Chris Minard, lighting design by Wilburn Bonnell, costume design by Ryan J. Moller, sound design by Andrew Puccio, choreography by John Paolillo, hair design by Jon Jordan and projection design by Jason Corson. La MaMa, E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street. For tickets, priced $18/$13 students and seniors, call (212) 475-7710 or visit www.lamama.org.
Full disclosure, director Ben Rimalower is a friend of mine and it is KILLING me that I won’t be able to see this show! It’s only running until May 8 and from what I’ve seen in rehearsals, the show is simply brilliant! Lindsay has said and done enough for 10 theater productions … but Project: Lohan is the only one you’ll ever need to see. If you are in NYC, you MUST MUST MUST see this show.
Now, as for the real life Lindsay news … here’s what TMZ says she has decided to do in her misdemeanor theft case:
Lindsay Lohan will plead no contest to the misdemeanor theft charge she faces over that pesky necklace … sources connected with the case tell TMZ. We’re told Lindsay is committed to what she told Jay Leno this week — that she wants to accept responsibility and move on with her life. So Lindsay and her lawyer, Shawn Holley, will go back to Judge Stephanie Sautner as early as next week to enter the plea. Lindsay has already been sentenced to 120 days in jail for the probation violation, along with 480 hours of community service. Sources tell us Lindsay and her lawyer are banking on Judge Sautner not adding additional time on the theft charge. In other words, when Lindsay serves her 120-day sentence, that would be the end of it. And sources familiar with the case say that would be a routine disposition. L.A. County Sheriff’s spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ his rough calculation is that Lindsay would serve three weeks, although there are variables to that. We’re also told the L.A. County District Attorney is inclined to give the case to the L.A. City Attorney, since the D.A. typically prosecutes felonies and the case is now a misdemeanor. But now that Lindsay will plead no contest, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the D.A. to kick the case to the City Attorney. Holley could not be reached for comment.
I’m not sure that I totally believe this just yet. Lindsay has been adamant about NOT pleading in this case — and no contest means she does not admit guilt but does accept punishment. Still, if she meant what she said in her Tonight Show interview earlier this week, maybe she is ready to take responsibility and pay for her crimes. Let’s see if she really does the right thing and then makes a plea in this case. If so, she will be back in jail soon. But, the sooner she serves her sentence, the sooner she gets to move forward with the rest of her life … and hopefully stay out of trubs.