The play, a take on Scientology, is something that Lamarre and actress Marsha Howard Karp have been working to make happen for several years now.
"I have been fascinated by Scientology since the 1980s, when the church was mounting a major marketing effort to get people to read Dianetics," Lamarre said. "I tried reading it and, perhaps because I was too young, I found it difficult and boring."
His interest was later reignited when he read an article in Time that used the word "cult" to describe the church. When he met Karp at Playhouse on Park, in West Hartford, he had found his lead actress and a new friend who was just as interested in Scientology as he was.
The two flew to Los Angeles, where they interviewed Scientology defectors and toured pertinent Scientology locations. That experience became the comedy Honey LaBarea - The Lonely Thetan.
"It's my passion project," said Karp, a West Hartford resident. "I lived in L.A. for years and knew people in Scientology. We went on all the tours and we had so much fun. Our main goal is not to poke fun of people in Scientology. It really points out why people join. I want people to recognize that and maybe they'll learn a bit about it."
Karp said this production means so much more than some other ones that she has been part of. They've been working on getting it produced for three years.
"I usually will audition for a role and my job is to care about my role," Karp said. "But this means so much more. It really does feel like my baby. I'm scared, because I am going to be judged completely, but I'm really excited too."
The play is being directed by East Hartford resident Shane William Kegler, who Lamarre personally chose for the role.
"I was drawn to the script, not just because I love his style of comedy, but the relevance of the script and story," Kegler said. "People are constantly being manipulated and lied to by these big organizations and this play looks at these people and is able to expose the deception in such a truthful, yet funny, way."
Karp and Lamarre are appreciative the Farmington Valley Stage Company is giving them a chance.
"Very few community theatres take the risk on something new, or local playwrights, so I appreciate the opportunity they are giving me," Lamarre said.
Doreen Cohn, a Simsbury resident, is the executive director of the stage company that calls the theater inside the Canton Town Hall, in the Collinsville section of town, home.
Since Cohn, Ken Jones, and Ron Faibusch took over in 2015 for Howard Hirsch, the stage company's founder who died in 2014, they've enjoyed taking chances on new ideas and local playwrights.
"It's been a real challenge, since I've taken over, to figure out what kind of audiences we have," Cohn said. "We are experimenting with what works. We want our audience to experience some new things. We've developed into this theater group that wants to do things by local people and things that haven't been done a lot. And that's what's great about Honey LaBrea."
Andrew Rosenstein, a West Hartford resident and pediatric dentist, is new to acting with the Farmington Stage Valley Company. He was noticed by Lamarre while doing stand-up comedy last year.
"It's been great," Rosenstein said. "Everyone is really funny and everyone seems to be all about the play. They're very focused. Everyone is very enthusiastic about what's happening, and that makes all the difference."
Karp echoes Rosenstein, and said the Farmington Valley Stage Company is a great place to produce this play.
"They are very inclusive," Karp said. "The whole creative and supportive spirit is really important to me and to the actors. A lot of small theaters can get bogged down in cliques. Here, you always see new people, and that's wonderful."
Honey LaBrea - The Lonely Thetan will show on Nov. 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and the Sunday show is at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, at fvstage.org.