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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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Production History

A Case of Murder  | Open: 05/05/05 Close: 05/22/05
A burned-out NYPD detective tries to solve the gruesome murders of an
elderly woman and her daughter in this musical thriller which transplants
Dostoevsky's 19th Century classic novel Crime and Punishment to New
York's East Village in the present day.

music director: Jeremy Fenn-Smith

The production is an Equity Showcase

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Death and the Ploughman  | Open: 02/09/06 Close: 02/26/06
The adaptation, based on the 1947 English translation by K.W. Maurer, is a prose poem that is stunningly lyrical, with a highly polished rhetoric and cadence. The staging will be abundant in music and movement, with imagery drawn from medieval illuminated manuscripts
and paintings of Bosch and Breughel.

Johannes' prose-poem is believed to be inspired by the death of the author's first wife in 1400. The grief-stricken writer introduces himself as a ploughman, whose plow is his pen. Representing Man, he bitterly accuses Death of unjust dealings toward humanity. Death argues back forcefully and sometimes scornfully, eventually reconciling the ploughman to the necessity of dying. Throughout the fiery debate, the ploughman asserts a noble human ideal against Death's more negative view of mankind. The dialogue is free of dogmatic teaching and is an astonishing disputation: the author makes deliberate and frequent use of legal
forms and phrases, and the dramatic effect is that Death is on trial. Ultimately God, the judge, gives Death the victory but Man the honor. The conclusion is the Man can overcome the awesomeness of Death only through an active and honorable life, inner peace and a clear conscience.

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Delicious Rivers  | Open: 01/13/06 Close: 02/05/06
Set in a New York City post office, the work follows the lives of four posttal workers and three neighborhood apartment dwellers whose lives intertwine in a variety of surprising twists and turns. They are jointed by three musicians (bass voice, bass trombone, and string bass) whose deep contrapuntal harmonies weave together with the characters' conversations to create a rich mucial setting
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Einstein  | Open: 12/07/05 Close: 12/11/05
On the eve of his 70th birthday, after receiving an award from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Einsten takes an account of his life with the audience. He examines the many conflicting aspects of his personality as a physicist, pacifist, Jew and Zionist.
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Gang Of Seven  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/21/08
"Gang of Seven," a new comedy by Jim Neu, rips the lid off the dynamics, delusions, and dangers of the focus group movement sweeping across America. The play cunningly anticipates what will happen when ordinary gatherings for market research get infected with the human potential movement. Alone, this play's "Gang of Seven" are harmless normal citizens. Together, their volatile mix of personal chemistries creates an explosive brew of attitude, greed and collective identity. They are so empowered with team spirit that they begin to feel omnipotent. We see them pushing their mental envelopes, re-imagining their group as the grand information assembler, chosen to reorder reality for the country, or maybe the world.

The play is a fascinating satire of business doublespeak. The euphemistic language of marketing executives is adopted as ideology by the members of this media-saturated group, who swoon for such "future" ideas as "Facadism" and the "Mythosphere." Power is found in the reordering of information. Nostalgia, for them, is remembering their parents filling in product surveys with a ballpoint pen. They unify behind a business idea--The Reality Bowl--with a leader who boasts, "everything I've ever done has been right on the cutting edge of legitimate." Their ride into the euphoria of this value proposition is the journey of the play.

The cast is a unique mix of Neu veterans, relative newcomers, and first-timers: Mary Shultz, Tony Nunziata, Chris Maresca, John Costelloe, Byron Thomas, Kristine Lee and, of course, Jim Neu. The production is directed by Keith McDermott (his ninth Jim Neu play) and has music by Harry Mann. Sets are by David Fritz and costumes are by Meg Zeder.

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Godot  | Open: 11/20/08 Close: 11/30/08
The internationally renowned Korean dancer/choreographer Sin Cha Hong will perform the American debut of her "Godot," a solo dance drama inspired by Beckett's classic. Sin Cha Hong writes on her website (www.sinchahong.com/godot_eng) that Beckett's play "has always been a source of spiritual and artistic creativity" and that she is "also, somewhat, waiting for Godot throughout my process of dance and meditation, just like Estragon or Vladimir." She describes recreating the play in dance drama as "a very meaningful turning point in my life."

Sin Cha Hong's last New York production, "Pilgrimage" (La MaMa, 2006), was a dance portraying the religious journey towards enlightenment. So it is natural to imagine her embracing Existentialist themes that are commonly ascribed to "Waiting For Godot." Like Beckett's play, her dance is grave, intense and concise. Sin Cha Hong does not literally play Vladimir or Estragon, Pozzo or Lucky, but many elements of the play are strongly present, including its centerpiece, a scrawny tree, which bears fruit to indicate the passage of time. There is a whole collection of shoes, ranging from the Tramps' tight clodhoppers to some stylish-looking, red high-heels. There is even a rope with which the protagonists might have actually succeeded in hanging themselves.

Sin Cha Hong is alone on stage. She awakens beneath the tree, as if to indicate that she has always been there. There is no dialogue, only slow, affective movement, accompanied by a percussive score that would, in Beckett's words, "hold the terrible silence at bay." The shoes are manipulated like puppets, as is a large white coverlet which she tears off her bed and surrounds herself, resembling the placenta of a kitten at birth. There are ingenious, delicately-designed lighting images, as when the tree is projected as a shadow upon Sin Cha Hong's white gown. Overall, there is a feeling of beautiful solitude (implying, perhaps, that the path to enlightenment is a lonely one?) and of the many changes that happen to you while waiting--a journey from agony to laughter.

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Golgotha  | Open: 12/14/05 Close: 12/22/05
Victor Attar plays Albert Salvado, a Holocaust Survivor re-living the atrocities of the concentration camps as he prepares for his long-awaited dream to come true: the honor toligth the torch at the annual Holocaus commemoration ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. However Albert's honor is compounded by the intense guilt and pain surrounding his being chosen as the torch bearer, which makes Albert question not only his right to the honor or lighting the torch, but also his identity as a Sephardic Jew.
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Harvest  | Open: 01/19/06 Close: 02/05/06
An award-winning play from India that centers on the international organ trade.

The play is an ironic, sci-fi examination of the relations between developing and devloped countries. Set in the imminent future, the play imagines a grisly pact between the first and thrid worlds, in which desperate people can sell their body parts to wealthy clients in return for food, water, shelter and riches for themselves and their families.

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Herakles Via Phadera  | Open: 05/18/06 Close: 06/11/06
Herakles (aka Hercules) must prove his godliness and atone for a hideous crime against his wife and two sons by performing a series of twelve labors, from killing a fierce lion to bare-handedly capturing a three-headed dog. Meanwhile in the court of Aphrodite, a handmaiden named Phadera sets out to win the heart of a king, only to find herself falsely accused of having a love affair with her stepson. Herakles and Phadera's stories intertwine, leading one to a tragic end and the other to glory.
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Jukebox Jackie  | Open: 05/24/12 Close: 06/10/12
 

Backed by a full rock band, Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and Steel Burkhardt are among those featured in the cast of JUKEBOX JACKIE: Snatches of Jackie Curtis -- a collage of scenes, poetry, music and dance culled from the works of Jackie Curtis, who performed as both a man and a woman throughout his career in the 60's, 70's and 80's, stating, "I'm not a boy, not a girl. I'm just me, Jackie."
 
Making special appearances at certain performances of JUKEBOX JACKIE will be such legendary performers as Penny Arcade, Jayne County, Cherry Vanilla and Agosto Machado, all of whom worked with Curtis in his heyday.
 
The man who said, "I'm just me, Jackie" was, in fact, a fixture during those radical years in New York's clubs and theatres, including La MaMa, where Curtis was much-loved by La MaMa's late founder and artistic director Ellen Stewart, having made his debut in Tom Eyen's MISS NEFERITITI REGRETS at La MaMa.
 
Curtis pioneered the "glitter rock," "glam rock" style in the 70's, performing in drag in lipstick, glitter, bright red hair, trashed dresses and torn stockings. David Bowie was an early fan of Curtis, who went on to become one of the stars of Andy Warhol's inner circle, starring in director Paul Morrissey's FLESH and WOMEN IN REVOLT.

About the Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

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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LEMONADE  | Open: 03/18/16 Close: 04/24/16
Heather came to the Big Apple to become an actress. She worked her way up the ladder, playing hookers, junkies, and strippers. You know, the parts that most actresses are afraid to play. Then came the role of a lifetime...

Heather Litteer’s gripping, funny, heartfelt solo show explores how women are treated both onscreen and off. Her adventures as an actress and downtown darling are mixed with calls back home to her ill but steel magnolia of a mother, whose southern roots are so strong they can suffocate. Navigating the absurd misogyny of our mediaverse, Lemonade turns female exploitation on its head, and offers redemption to any woman who has even been typecast.


About the Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

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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Let's Crack Some Egg  | Open: 04/06/06 Close: 04/16/06
A dance/theatre piece with 8 dancers and one actor, portrays a fantastical world where an Aunt's love, the nourishment of eggs and a Boy's harrowing journey teach us a recipe for living. Choreographed by Errol Grimes, "Let's Crack Some Eggs" features original music by Mark Ballora.
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Lillian Yuralia  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 11/30/08
The play, a finalist at the Humana Festival and winner of a 2001 Berrilla Kerr Grant, is set on the Lower East Side in 1930. Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a top floor flat of a brownstone. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. All of his family lost in a pogrom, he has shut himself off from the world. When the play begins Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute. Obliged to live off the charity of distant relatives, they are about to leave the only home they've known. Church bells begin to ring the hour. Desperately playing for time she makes tea for her son, and in her cup, she pours an overdose of laudanum. Soon Yidl will begin a frantic pounding on Levy's door. A door he has never opened to anyone.

The play, then, is how the mother and son's visit opens the door to the old man's heart and how the boy, silently suffering from his mother's tragic turn of events, finds his voice. HB Playwrights Foundation mounted the play last January, directed by Austin Pendleton. Reviews are not cultivated by HB Playwrights Foundation, but letters swarmed in attesting to the beauty and power of the piece. One testified, "I loved this play. A story of family and the complex relationship between Mother and Son. A story of loss and its effects, a story of different kinds of courage and fortitude, a story of a time and culture that today's society should not forget." Others called the play "absolutely extraordinary...the best thing I've seen in years...an incredible play...heartbreaking and beautiful."

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Major Barbara  | Open: 01/12/06 Close: 01/29/06
What happens when George Bernard Shaw, meets Japanese Kabuki? Will it be a fight to the death or can these two disparate theatrical forms peacefully and productively co-exist. In this work, Theater of a Two-headed calf melds together the dense political rhetoric of Shaw with the physicals and vocal stylizations of Japanese Kabuki. The infusion of Kabuki's Aesthetics of Cruelty adds a particular poignancy to Shaw's play, in which Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army, argues for soul-saving and redemption, while her father, a rich arms manufacturer argues for the necessity of man's murderous, freedom-giving abilities.
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Modern Living  | Open: 10/13/06 Close: 10/29/06
MODERN LIVING is a collection of interrelated stories by and about Mitchell, a New York performance artist. Comic family miscommunications, better living through medication, child-rearing, and caring for an ailing parent are all ordinary topics that take on extraordinary qualities as filtered through Mitchell's fertile imagination.
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Mustard  | Open: 04/28/06 Close: 05/14/06
Mustard is a full evening, multi-disciplinary performance work which re-mixes American history in an juxtaposition of Shortwave Numbers Stations (and the space between), Borges' last lectures (when he was blind except for the color yellow), museum thefts, marionettes returning to ruined cities, original songwriting, a techno-tarantella dance, and hard-boiled detective adventure. In this project by The Ordinary Theater, Mustard partners a live musical score with a collage of acting styles and choreographic images.
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Obama 44  | Open: 03/29/12 Close: 04/15/12
OBAMA 44 is a psychological thriller about the murder of the charming, beautiful young woman Maja, who admired and loved the President and worked for his re-election campaign.  She was murdered.  By whom?  In the play Maja, excited and joyous says, "Obama, our 44th president.  What a triumph!  I admire him so much.  I love him.  I'm proud of all Americans.  We elected an African-American, showing the world that we are truly democratic."


About the Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

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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Odchodzi (Passing Away)  | Open: 02/16/06 Close: 03/05/06
Poland's renowned Scena Plastyczna KUL's ODCHODZI (PASSING AWAY) -- created and directed by the highly acclaimed visual theatre artist Leszek Madzik from text by famed author Tadeusz Rozewicz -- will be given its New York premiere by La Mama ETC in association with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, with preview performances starting February 16 prior to its official opening night February 19 at La Mama ETC (74A East 4th Street).

Set to a score of live scat singing, sung by Polish jazz legend Urszula Dudziak, and performed by actors who don't speak a single word -- uses shadow and light accompanied by haunting, original music and movement to convey emotions and existential truths inadequately expressed in words.

Adapted by Madzik from Tadeusz Rozewicz's award-winning book of prose and verse, "Matka Odchodzi (Mother Departs)" -- winner of NIKE, Poland's highest literary award in 2000 -- ODCHODZI (PASSING AWAY) is a visual spectacle that examines the solitude and mystery of a loved one's passing.

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Odysseus and Ajax  | Open: 04/14/06 Close: 04/23/06
A puppet-theater production of Martin Halpern's chamber opera Odysseus and Ajax with puppets. The musical ensemble includes soprano Heather Green, mezzo-soprano Judith Barnes, tenors Kurt Alakulppi and Aram Tchobanian, baritones Robert Weintraub and Peter Clark, bass Andrew Martens,
and pianist Lin Li
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Open Door  | Open: 11/16/06 Close: 12/03/06
Using original rhythmic music, live musicians, dancers, body puppets and larger then life marionettes, the piece will explore the paranoid perceptions, longings to belong and feelings of alienation among the immigrants. The production is mostly an urban fantasy set in the buildings in which they live. Its central metaphors all derive from the paranoid perceptions that keep new immigrants and naturalized citizens "Americans" from seeing clearly, as well as the immigrants' search for the "American Dream" that can propel them into a more hopeful future. Puppet theater provides an articulate medium for contrasting the immigrants' inner and outer realities.

music composed by Elizabeth Swados, lyrics by Federico Restrepo, Elizabeth Swados and Denise Greber based on interviews with the cast.

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Particular People  | Open: 02/10/06 Close: 02/19/06
"Particular People," is a unique event devoted entirely to the music of the late, great Donald Ashwander, whose compositions range from classical art songs and swinging ragtime frolics to sophisticated theater songs and lyrics.

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Saint Oedipus  | Open: 10/13/05 Close: 10/30/05
SAINT OEDIPUS -- which reflects on the myth of Oedipus and the nature of human sexuality -- is performed as a psychedelic game between two actors: a man and a woman, a mother and a son. Piotr Tomaszuk, who drew from the Oedipal myth, and from Thomas Mann's novels "Doctor Faustus" and "The Holy Sinner," the book of Psalms and the medieval tales "Gesta Romanorum" to create this original work for the stage.

SAINT OEDIPUS is performed by Edyta Lukaszewicz-Lisowska and Rafal Gasowski. Scenic design is by Jan Zavarsky, costume design by Eva Farkasova, music by Piotr Nazaruk, with direction and lighting by Piotr Tomaszuk.
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Seekers  | Open: 10/07/05 Close: 10/08/05
Performed by DAH Theatre Research Centre, Jadranka Andjelic Project

The 1990's conflicts in the Republics that formerly made up Yugoslavia left the young artists of Serbia grappling with essential questions of war and peace that will permeate their work for many years to come. One of the best examples of the Serbian movement of post-civil war performance is the women-led DAH Theatre Research Centre, whose motto is, "In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense." "Seekers," a dance theater work by DAH Theatre Research Centre's Jadranka Andjelic Project, is inspired by the poetry of Sufi master Hafiz and recalls a sister and brother, brought up in the Sufi tradition, who were heroes of World War II. The piece is created by Jadranka Andjelic.

The intricately choreographed piece is largely based on the poetry of Hafiz, a Sufi poet from XIV century Persia, who wrote, "Any thought that you are better or less/Than another man/Quickly/Breaks the wine glass." Hafiz has influenced intellectuals and artists for centuries. The bravery of this poet is his intentional breaking of clichés of mind and convention, rare even today. Personal and direct, his poems remind us of our responsibility to create the world as we would like it to be. The performance uses translations of Hafiz' poetry by Daniel Ladinsky from his book, "The Gift."

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Sister  | Open: 05/18/06 Close: 06/04/06
"Sister" by Mario Fratti depicts the strains of an Italian family in which a teenage son, wise beyond his years, lives uneasily with his 59 year-old mother and his thirty-something sister. The boy is blessed with a professorial vocabulary and cursed with a judgmental mind. He
resents his sister's desperate relationships with men, accuses her of promiscuity and responds self-righteously to his mother's queries about his own relations with women. The play starts off like an indictment of male machismo and double-standards with a Strindbergian touch. Then it turns on it's head. Shocking, mysterious secrets are revealed. The boy's arrogance gives way to humility and greater understanding.
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Split Ends  | Open: 02/01/07 Close: 02/11/07
Split Ends, Venus Opal Reese's multimedia,multidisciplinary solo performance piece about the relationship between American women of African ancestry and their hair. The show is a profound and heart-stirring journey into the psyche, the absurdity, and the affirming power of being both Black and Woman. The material is based on and uses testimonies from women of African descent and actual hair facts and fearlessly explores this fascinating topic.

Directed By - LIESL TOMMY

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Sundown  | Open: 04/28/06 Close: 05/14/06
Japan during times of transition, when Western ideas clash, filter and are integrated into Japanese tradition - this is the background for a story of a pioneering Japanese photographer Hikoma Ueno. A chemist, obsessed with photography and searching for perfection in artistic expression, refines a formula for developing a picture (wet plate). SUNDOWN will feature original Japanese costumes, old photographs and folk songs superimposed with breathtaking images, dance and puppets. Based on the life of Hikoma Ueno and fragments from Soseki Natsume's "Ten Night's Dreams".
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The Dragon-Princess and the Scholar  | Open: 04/19/06 Close: 03/23/07
English-language storytelling by playwright LiangTee TUE, will guide audiences through the scenes, by using Chinese clowning techniques and by introducing Chinese Opera staging conventions, musical instruments, and symbolic movements. The Opera performance features full costume and makeup, a Chinese percussion quartet, and a string quartet.
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The Emperor Jones  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/12/06
"The Emperor Jones" (1920) depicts an American black man who has escaped from jail and landed on a Caribbean island, where he has deposed the reigning ruler and set up a miniature empire, becoming rich by manipulating the superstitions of his subjects. The drama portrays Jones' attempt to escape his realm once his people have risen against him. Fleeing through dense forest, with the drums of his infuriated subjects in his ears, he becomes victim of his own terror, his assuredness stripped away.

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The Exiles  | Open: 03/22/07 Close: 04/08/07
THE EXILES tells the tale of Orestes and Electra, siblings who execute a grisly plot of vengeance against their mother, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, for the horrific murder of their father, Agamemnon, upon his return from the Trojan War.

Based on Euripides' "Orestes," and inspired by John Paul Sartre's "The Flies," THE EXILES unfolds using video projections, masks and puppetry--including five-foot Bunraku puppets strapped to the front of actors' bodies at the head, the chest, the waist and the knees. Veiled actors speak lines from behind the puppet, much as an actor might have spoken lines from behind a large Greek mask in ancient Greek theatre.

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The Last Night of Salome  | Open: 03/02/06 Close: 03/19/06
"The Last Night of Salome" (L'ultima notte di Salome), a black comedy, evokes the mythic Fifties, the period of la dolce vita, Fellini and Callas, the star system in Italy, and magical nights at the theater before the advent of television. The play is a duet for two women--a famous actress and a middle-aged barkeeper--who meet on a stormy evening in a seedy bar in Rome, where they bond over booze and shared secrets. The play comes to La MaMa E.T.C. from Istituto di Studi dello Spettacolo-Teatro Studio of Rome, and will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. This is the play's American Premiere
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The Lunatics Ball  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 06/21/06
The play follows fourteen New Yorkers, played by five actors, among them a transvestite, a waiter, a homeless woman, and a voyeur, as they reflect, confess, complain, posture, fight, and romance.

Everything begins and ends in the taxi, which is driven by a 55-year-old Italian-American--a good-hearted wiseguy who inspires confessions in some of his fares and arguments with others. The passengers reveal themselves primarily in monologues but occasionally in two- and three-character scenes.

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The Tooth of Crime  | Open: 10/03/06 Close: 10/22/06
"The Tooth of Crime" will be the centerpiece of the 45th-anniversary season at La Mama, the East Village experimental theater run by Ellen Stewart, since its inception in 1961. In 1983, the company mounted a production of the play (which had its New York premiere in 1972) under the direction of George Ferencz, who staged the entire work as a rock concert. The director's approach, for a play about a fading rock star fending off the ambitious newcomer who wants to take his place, was well received by critics. In 1997, Mr. Shepard rewrote the play as "Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)," which is the only version for which performance rights are currently available. At Ms. Stewart's request, though, Mr. Shepard will allow one more production of the original script this fall, with Mr. Ferencz once again directing. Starring as Hoss, the rocker on the way out, is Ray Wise (Hap Gardner on the Fox show "24" and Don Hollenbek in "Good Night, and Good Luck"), who won an Obie for his 1983 performance in the same role.

The New York Times
August 7, 2006

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Womankind  | Open: 02/28/14 Close: 03/02/14
A solo play with aerial dance, pole dancing and acrobatics starring Karina Casiano with original music by Bryan Wade.

On the last day of her life, a vengeful old lady looks back at the way her life has been shaped by being a woman. As she remembers the instances of harassment and danger she has endured throughout her life, she reflects on the role we all play in perpetuating sexual inequality. Through original songs and movement, including aerial dance and pole dancing, WOMANKIND submerges us into the dark reality of sexism, and into the mind of a poisoned soul who has had enough.

WOMANKIND is Karina Casiano's seventh play (her fourth solo piece). Suitable for audiences ages 17 years and older.  WOMANKIND is made possible in part by The Field's Artist Residency Program, NYSCA, Puffin Foundation, The Yip Harburg Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and to "First Acts" sponsors New York Community Bank, the Natalie Bailey and Herbert Kirshner Foundation, the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Queens College.

Karina Casiano (performer, writer, director, choreographer) has written seven plays with music since she began self-producing in 1999, among them 4 solo shows. Her work has been seen in most Latin American countries and in New York. Casiano is the co-founder of La Criatura Theater, which has produced three of her plays since 2005 in New York and Brazil.

In New York, she has also collaborated with The Flying Machine, International WOW, Spanish Repertory Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, among other companies.

She has appeared in multiple independent films in the United States, including "Gun Hill Road" (Sundance 2011 and theatres nationwide) "Babygirl" (Tribeca Film Festival 2012 premiere,) and "The Love Bite" (winner of the 2004 Galway Film Fleadth in Dublin, Ireland,) as well as the TV series "Law and Order."

Casiano has taught movement workshops for acting students in Puerto Rico, New York and Brazil.

Born in Puerto Rico, Casiano holds a BA in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. She has also trained in several Latin American countries, and in Spain and New York.

More information, photos, press reviews and videos at www.karinacasiano.com and www.lacriatura.org.

Bryan Wade (composer/guitarist) is a guitarist, vocalist, composer and music teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. His work comprises colorful, mysterious and outrageous sound stories born out of Middle-Eastern, Latin, and American folk music, mixed with punk, funk, jazz, and free sound. Wade has scored a number of plays and films. Wade released the 6-song album "WRONGRWRONGWRONG" on iTunes in 2009. He is currently writing a book on his Mindful Guitarist Training, a series of awareness techniques based on Buddhist meditation. Originally from South Carolina, Wade has shared the stage with artists such as Hootie & The Blowfish, The Manic Street Preachers, Danielle Howle, Vic Chestnutt, The Waterboys and Joe Mauricio, and sang for years with Random Folk. Wade is the founder of the eclectic rock group Jebel. More information at www.bryanwade.com.


About the Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

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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