Executive Producer, Alex Lyras, Proudly Announces the Debut of the Independent Feature Film MONA, Premiering at the 2008 Malibu International Film Festival on April 6, 2008

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MONA is executive produced by Alex Lyras, directed by Alan Kirschen, and written by Robert McCaskill. This independent film screens on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at the MHS Theater, 30215 Morning View Drive, Malibu, California 90265. More information is available at http://www.malibufilmfestival.com.

Executive Producer, Alex Lyras, is currently working on numerous projects with MONA being at the forefront as it premiers at the Malibu International Film Festival. Shot on location in Manhattan by first-time director Alan Kirschen, this film is capturing audience's hearts. It was selected for the Independent Feature Project's (IFP) Rough Cuts Lab and was guided through post-production by seasoned producer Scott Macauley.

MONA is an evocative comedy that examines the all too fundamental question: what is friendship when love's at stake? The film's talented line up of actors include Alex Lyras, (What Planet Are You From?, The Common Air), Neal Jones (Devil's Advocate, and HBO's upcoming Generation Kill), Adrian Martinez (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Interpreter) and introducing NYU graduate, Kristen Lewis.

A synopsis of MONA and more production information is available at http://www.monathemovie.com.

Lyras and McCaskill have collaborated several times previously in the New York theater scene. Their plays have received high praise from The New York Times, The Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Backstage East and West, among others. Unequalibrium, co-written by Lyras and McCaskill, was produced in New York and Los Angeles, published in Best Plays 2002 and Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century, and nominated for a Dramalogue Award. Their latest play, The Common Air, performed by Lyras, has been extended three times at Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles and is currently running FRI & SAT from March 28 and 29 through May 3 and 4, 2008.

"Lyras, a compact, steel spring of a performer who coils himself around his characters with the tensile energy and unflagging skill in his well-crafted, must-see show." Los Angeles Times Critics Choice (full reviews at http://www.thecommonair.com).

McCaskill and Lyras are currently in preproduction on McCaskill's second screenplay, Heterosexuals, a thought provoking look at the three forms of modern-day love. This will be McCaskill's directorial debut. Lyras is set to star and co-produce.

Calendar Listing/Facts:

MONA
Executive Producer Alex Lyras
Directed by Alan Kirschen
Screenplay by Robert McCaskill

Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.
MHS Theater
30215 Morning View Drive,
Malibu, California 90265.
Info at http://www.monathemovie.com

Reservations: http://www.ticketweb
(http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&pl=&eventId=256127)

For information on promotions and events connected to MONA contact Pamela Spyrs (INSPYRS) at inspyrs @ yahoo.com.

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