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La MaMa is a remarkable arts institution with a world-wide reputation for producing cutting-edge work in theater, dance, performance art, and music. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has produced and presented more than 3,000 theatrical productions to date and is a vital part of the fabric of cultural life in New York City and around the world.

La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on unknown work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, -and others whose names you haven't heard of yet - began their careers at La MaMa. International artists introduced to America by La MaMa include Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and, more recently, the acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre. La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and, in 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for "Excellence in the Theatre."


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2 From the Sea  | Open: 10/18/12 Close: 11/04/12
La MaMa E.T.C. presents the World Premiere of Triple Shadow's new theater production, 2 FROM THE SEA, composed of two solo adaptations of plays whose themes are based on stories of the sea: Holiday Memory by Dylan Thomas, performed by Seamus Maynard, and Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge, performed by Mari Andrejco.   Both are directed by Beth Skinner and feature live music composed and performed by Edward Herbst.   Lighting design is by Bessie and Drama Desk-winner Paul Clay (RENT), and scenic design is by Obie Award-winner Jun Maeda.    The three-week season runs October 18 through November 4 at La MaMa E.T.C., 74 East 4th Street, NYC.

 
Holiday Memory, adapted from a radio play by Dylan Thomas, is a wistful childhood recollection of a day at the seaside, and the excitement of the family as they prepare in the playwright's childhood home - a house on a hill overlooking Swansea Bay in South Wales.  Thomas's memories are joyful and his words musical: "A slap of sea and a tickle of sand.   A fanfare of sunshades opening."   After a long day, the tired family returns up the hill: "And as we climbed home, up the gas-lit hill, to the still house over the mumbling bay, we heard the music die and the voices drift like sand."   Accompanied by an original musical score for harmonium, mandolin and toy piano, intertwined with traditional Celtic songs performed by Edward Herbst, actor Seamus Maynard ignites our collective memories.
 
In Riders to the Sea, set in the Aran Islands, John Millington Synge refers to the annual Gaelic harvest festival "Samhain," held October 31 through November 1.   The festival marks the end of harvesting and the lighter half of the year while ushering in the beginning of the dark season.   Triple Shadow's adaption sets the time of the play during Samhain, when the boundaries between the world of the living and that of the dead become thinner, allowing spirits to pass between the worlds.   Solo actor Mari Andrejco plays Cathleen, recalling the fateful day her mother lost her last two sons to the sea.   Cathleen leaves a window open to the west with a light burning to guide the departed home and sets places at the table for her six brothers, father, and grandfather, all lost at sea.  Music composed and performed by Edward Herbst includes traditional Irish songs.
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AdA: Author Directing Author  | Open: 09/28/12 Close: 10/14/12
Two internationally acclaimed director-playwrights, Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani, explore different styles of contemporary Italian and American dramaturgy. Each wrote a short act play about “Family”, and then directed the other’s piece. This extraordinary project was developed during a residency at La MaMa Umbria and debuted at the Spoleto Festival in summer 2012.

“Lovely Head” by Neil LaBute directed by Marco Calvani

The story of a love affair centered on the obsession of a man for a girl. But why?

Starring Larry Pine* and Gia Crovatin

“Things of This World” by Marco Calvani directed by Neil LaBute

A mature woman and her hen-pecked butler are preparing the ritual of a supper for Wednesday’s guests. Amidst commands, regrets, small cruelties and a lack of tenderness, their relationship frays, revealing the shreds of their lives.

Starring Estelle Parsons* and Craig  Bierko*

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Saturday, September 29, following the matinee performance of AdA, internationally acclaimed playwrights Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani will discuss the origins of their unusual collaboration, which began during a residency program at La MaMa Umbria, in Italy. The two writer/directors will talk about the creative process, the different perspectives of the writer and the director, and playwriting as a collaborative art form.

Discussion is free and open to attendees of the Saturday matinee and evening performances

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HYENA  | Open: 03/18/16 Close: 03/27/16
Hyena is an interactive and visceral solo show about the beast within. Hy examines questions of intimacy, femininity and vulnerability as she attempts to find ways to navigate the painful world in which we live, while toeing the line between her public and private self. Join her as she discovers the darkest parts of herself.

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club will present the World Premiere of Romana Soutus’ solo show HYENA, directed by Rachel Levens for a limited engagement March 18-27 at The Club at La MaMa (74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances on Friday and Saturday at 10pm and Sunday at 6pm. Tickets ($18/$13 students & seniors) are available online at www.lamama.org or by calling 646-430-5374. The show runs approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission 

The production team will include Costume Design by Lizzie Donelan, Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin, Music by Gareth Hobbs, and Set Design by Joey Mendoza and Associate Set Designer Vincent Gunn with Production Manager Amy R. Surratt and Stage Manager Kathryn Meister. 


About the Company: LA MAMA

La MaMa is a remarkable arts institution with a world-wide reputation for producing cutting-edge work in theater, dance, performance art, and music. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has produced and presented more than 3,000 theatrical productions to date and is a vital part of the fabric of cultural life in New York City and around the world.

La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on unknown work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, -and others whose names you haven't heard of yet - began their careers at La MaMa. International artists introduced to America by La MaMa include Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and, more recently, the acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre. La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and, in 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for "Excellence in the Theatre."

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Studies In Puppet Form Presentation  | Open: 06/30/16 Close: 06/30/16
A group of 15 intercultural elderly people will perform their self unique written adult level short story with their handmade marionette (a puppet on strings).

Sirovich Center

331 E 12 Street

Between First and Second Avenues

Friday; June 30 @ 1:30 PM

Arrive early for 250 seats

FREE ADMISSION


About the Company: LA MAMA

 

La MaMa is a remarkable arts institution with a world-wide reputation for producing cutting-edge work in theater, dance, performance art, and music. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has produced and presented more than 3,000 theatrical productions to date and is a vital part of the fabric of cultural life in New York City and around the world.

 

La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on unknown work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, -and others whose names you haven't heard of yet - began their careers at La MaMa. International artists introduced to America by La MaMa include Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and, more recently, the acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre. La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and, in 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for "Excellence in the Theatre."

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When Clowns Play Hamlet  | Open: 05/24/12 Close: 06/03/12
The late H.M. Koutoukas (1937-2010) was the prolific playwright who helped create Off-Off Broadway theater in the 1960’s with his wildly surreal style of drama, specializing in absurdist plays that he called “camps.” In 1966, Koutoukas received an OBIE Special Citation “For the style and energy of his assaults on the theatre in both playwrighting and production.”

La MaMa veterans, Ozzie Rodriguez (director), Joseph Blunt (composer), Sally Lesser (costumes), Jeff Nash (lighting) and members of The Great Jones Repertory Company have gathered in celebration of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming Season.  The current production is performed by members of Great Jones Repertory: Obie winner Ching Valdes-Aran, Matt Nasser, and Sarah Galassini.

Three Star Circus performers reduced to the status of Clowns rehearse their “act” in the backyard of a second-rate circus.  Our heroes are forced to confront “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” to save their way of life when a wild animal escapes and the circus is threatened.  Armed with music and humor they perform their beloved “Clown Act” and find the courage to face insurmountable odds.

“When Clowns Play Hamlet” was written in 1964 and first produced at La MaMa in 1967 in the loft at 122 2nd Avenue (where La MaMa resided before Ellen Stewart moved the Café to its permanent home at 74A East 4th Street.)  Koutoukas was famous for presenting highly stylized characters, equipped with arch dialogue and setting them loose in outlandish situations. Harry produced plays at a furious rate which premièred at Café Cino, La MaMa, Judson Poets, Theatre for the New City, and most of the birthplaces of Off-Off Broadway.

“…the joy of making things up, the delight of unfettered invention, the exhilaration of creating a world.  Koutoukas has it.” (Michael Smith, the Village Voice)

Off-Off Broadway legend has it that Harry wrote this play for the actor Jeff Weiss.  It was first directed by Harry with music composed by Cosmo and played by Tom O’Horgan (director of “Hair, “Jesus Christ Superstar”).  The original cast included Jeff Weiss, Mary Boland and Beverly Grand.  In the early 60’s Harry ran a theater workshop called The School for Gargoyles.  The school’s alumni include Gerome Ragni and James Rado (Hair), Tom O’Horgan (director), and actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein.   Along with Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen, Doric Wilson, and Robert Patrick, Koutoukas was one of the playwrights who made Café Cino’s reputation as Off-Off Broadway’s founding theater. 

“Harry was one of a group of dramatists including Tom Eyen, Donald L. Brookes, Jeffrey Weiss, and Josef Bush whose work stretched the possibilities of dramatic representation and definitely paved the way for the startling freedom of our media today…” (Robert Patrick, Thoughts on Harry).

In 1975 La MaMa resident director Ozzie Rodriguez mounted two productions of “Clowns,” (one in Spanish and one in English) to celebrate the opening of the Duo Theater.  The Duo Theater Company, many of whom were gifted Cuban artists exiled from their country after the revolution, had been formed by Manuel Martin and Magali Alabau to create and perform classical and new bi-lingual theatrical works.  Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa had been the umbrella organization for the fledgling Duo Theater.

“A beautiful and compassionate fantasy...” (Joyce Tretick, Show Business Weekly).


About the Company: LA MAMA

La MaMa is a remarkable arts institution with a world-wide reputation for producing cutting-edge work in theater, dance, performance art, and music. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has produced and presented more than 3,000 theatrical productions to date and is a vital part of the fabric of cultural life in New York City and around the world.

La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on unknown work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, -and others whose names you haven't heard of yet - began their careers at La MaMa. International artists introduced to America by La MaMa include Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and, more recently, the acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre. La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and, in 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for "Excellence in the Theatre."

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