HERAKLES VIA PHADERA

Genre: Drama
Adapted and directed by Ellen Steward

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.

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."

Preview:   05/18/06
Open:   05/21/06
Close:   06/11/06

Schedule:
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Theater:   La Mama (annex)
Address:   74A E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
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6 to Bleecker, walk east to Bowery, north to East 4th, east to theater

Cost:$25.00, $20.00 for previews
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at 212-475-7710
Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club         Official Web Site: www.lamama.org