Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6 Questions: Marietta Hedges


Actress Marietta Hedges plays both Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist shot dead after the Selma Voting March, and Tommy Rowe, an informant for the FBI who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play SELMA ‘65.  Marietta answered our 6 Questions recently and here is what show had to say:

1. What is the most challenging aspect of your roles in SELMA 65?
Right now it’s memorizing the lines more than anything.

2. Why is this topic relevant to audiences today?
There has been a big backlash against women’s rights, civil rights and voting rights in particular. The voting rights act, which is what Viola Liuzzo died for, had sections of it voted down last year by the Supreme Court. These very important rights that many people died for are being systematically rolled back. Politicians are consciously putting policies in place which make it extremely difficult for African-Americans, students and poor people to vote. These politicians claim that there is enough voter fraud to justify these new laws however numerous studies reveal that virtually no fraud exists. This deliberate disenfranchisement of select group of people-people who have a tendency to vote for so called democrats and liberals, is reminiscent of what was done in the Jim Crow south.

3.  When did you know you wanted a career in the arts?
When I was 16 after I played the part of Sabina in Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of our Teeth.

4.  What is the last good book your read?
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster.

5.  Who or what inspires you?
All the people who went down to Selma to march and volunteer. People who protested the war in Iraq and torture. Theater and theater artists.

6.  What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
I first worked at La MaMa when I was in grad school at Columbia. I did a few shows there and love the time I spent at the theater. It feels like an artistic home I’m returning to.




La MaMa presents

SELMA '65

A New Play by Catherine Filloux
Starring Marietta Hedges 
Director by Eleanor Holdridge 

September 26, 2014 - October 12, 2014 

Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm 

First Floor Theatre @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video Preview: Peter Cramer & Jack Waters

Peter Cramer & Jack Waters from La MaMa on Vimeo.

Long-time La MaMa artists Perter Cramer and Jack Waters return as part of the Queer New York International Arts Festival with their new piece: SHOW SHOW SHOW which they describe as:
An immersive cacophonic multi media blitz morphing TALKSHOW/GAMESHOW/TELEVANGELIST/NEWS TV Variety show formats into a live interactive environment with live music and DJ mixes!

Peter and Jack are joined by DJ 
Sokolowski, John Michael Swartz.


La MaMa presents
SHOW SHOW SHOW
Perter Cramer & Jack Waters 
Part of DUOS at La MaMa presented as part of 
in partnership with Helix Queer Performance Network

One Performance Only!
Sunday, September 28th at 6pm

The Club @ La MaMa
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
74A East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003 

Tickets: $18 Adults/$13 Students/Seniors; Ten tickets priced at $10 are available in advance only on a first come first served basis.  Not available day of show.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

6 Questions: Tony Torn


Tony Torn takes on the role of Stephano in the Karin Coonrod/Elizabeth Swados adaptation of TEMPEST opening at The Ellen Stewart Theatre on October 2nd.  Tony took a break from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions:

1. What about TEMPEST speaks to an audience today?
I think the message of reconciliation in the play is a challenging and potent message for us all in a world where we are constantly at each other's throats. And the magic dislocations of Prospero's island tell us to open our eyes to possibilities beyond what we think is real.

2. What other roles in Shakespeare’s canon would you like to play?
I have been patiently waiting my turn to play Falstaff ever since I saw The Merry Wives Of Windsor at age 10.

3. How is doing a play by Shakespeare different than a contemporary role?
It's not only that the language is poetic and rich…it's that it's so human! Each character is so deeply reveled in how they speak.

4. Tell us about the last great book you read?
Morrissey's Autobiography: a big, maddening, tempest of a book that swings from the eloquence to pettiness several times a page.

5. Who or what has influenced your work as an actor?
Being around my parents Rip Torn and Geraldine Page gave me incredible exposure to great acting, both from them and from the fascinating people they worked with. And working with brilliant experimental artists like Reza Abdoh and Richard Foreman during my formative years broadened my idea of what being an actor could be.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
The big room of the Ellen Stewart Theater at La Mama is a holy space for me. So many indelible experience seeing shows there, over decades: multiple works by Ping Chong and Meredith Monk, Andrei Serban and Liz Swados' Fragments Of A Greek Trilogy, Sam Shepard's Tooth Of Crime, and more recently Brecht's The Good Person Of Szechuan. Now, after appearing in both of the other La Mama theaters, it's my turn to play the Ellen Stewart. So thrilled to finally step out on that stage!






La MaMa presents

TEMPEST

directed by Karin Coonrod
music composed by Elizabeth Swados 

October 2nd - November 2nd, 2014

The Ellen Stewart Theater
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $40 Adults; $30 Students/Seniors; 10@$10 Tickets are sold out!

See all three Tempest productions this fall for only $75  
Click Here for TEMPEST 3 Packages.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Friday, September 12, 2014

First Look at TEMPEST Rehearsals

Rehearsals are underway for TEMPEST
directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Elizabeth Swados.  

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the process:

Reg E. Cathey


 Christopher McLinden, Miriam A. Hyman and Earl Baker, Jr.


Joseph Harrington


Dramaturgy Collage Wall 


Slate Holmgren


Miriam A. Hyman and Slate Holmgren


La MaMa presents

TEMPEST
directed by Karin Coonrod
music composed by Elizabeth Swados 

October 2nd - November 2nd, 2014

The Ellen Stewart Theater
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $40 Adults; $30 Students/Seniors; 10@$10 Tickets are sold out!

Last Chance to buy an early-bird TEMPEST 3 Package for $60! 
See all three Tempest productions this fall for only $60 (if purchased before 9/15).  
Click Here for TEMPEST 3 Packages.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE


Catherine Filloux on NBC 4 New York



We were so excited to see SELMA '65 playwright Catherine Filloux speak with Pei-Sze Cheng on NBC 4 New York last evening. 

You can watch the interview: HERE

And don't forget to get your tickets!




La MaMa presents


SELMA '65


A New Play by Catherine Filloux
Starring Marietta Hedges 
Director by Eleanor Holdridge 

September 26, 2014 - October 12, 2014 

Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm 

First Floor Theatre @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video Preview: Meet DARKMATTER: Janani Balasubramanian & Alok Vaid‐Menon

 
Dark Matter from La MaMa on Vimeo

Darkmatter returns as part of the 
Queer NY International Arts Festival @ La MaMa!

Darkmatter (Janani Balasubramanian & Alok Vaid‐Menon) is a trans, South Asian spoken‐word duo “hivemind flipping the scantron on your model minority narrative, returning that basic gayze, and spitting anti‐colonial futures.” They perform regularly at universities across the country and venues in New York City. Individually, they have done social justice work at local organizations such as the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and the Audre Lorde Project. Balasubramanian is also a writer at Black Girl Dangerous (an online forum for QTPOC).



La MaMa presents 
DARKMATTER
Janani Balasubramanian & Alok Vaid‐Menon

Part of the Queer NY International Arts Festival 
in partnership with Helix Queer Performance Network 

One Performance Only! 
Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 10pm 

The Club @ La MaMa 
74A East 4th Street 
(between Bowery and Second Avenue) 
New York, NY 10003 

Tickets: $18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors; ten tickets priced at $10 are available, in advance only, via web, phone or box office – not available day of show. 

Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6 QUESTIONS: Catherine Filloux


Catherine Filloux is the author of SELMA '65, opening at La MaMa this month.  Catherine took time out of rehearsals to answer 6 Questions:


1. What inspired you to write about the Selma march of 1965?

Marietta Hedges, the actress in SELMA '65, brought me the story. After I did extensive research, and after much contemplation, I became very excited about the idea of writing a one-woman show in which Marietta would play both the activist Viola Liuzzo and the FBI informant Tommy Rowe. Many people watched Bloody Sunday in 1965 on their televisions as Viola Liuzzo did, and were passionate about going to the Selma Voting March. The movie that was interrupted on their televsision sets on Bloody Sunday was JUSTICE AT NUREMBERG. A student of Marietta's, Carrie Klewin, whom I know through Theatre Without Borders, said to both of us: you two have to meet! Marietta and I are both activists. The past meets the present. We start rehearsals today. See you at SELMA '65.

2. Why is this topic relevant to audiences today?

The Supreme Court made a decision last year which gravely damaged the Voting Rights Act. It reminds me of Raphael Lemkin's Genocide Convention. Lemkin like Viola is dear to my heart. Such joy and hope are originally at the core of both of them. What does hope mean? How do we capture it? Well, you can re-capture it on stage, in the theater.

3. When did you know you wanted to be a playwright?

In high school my first role onstage was the Fortuneteller in Thornton Wilder's SKIN OF OUR TEETH. I was hooked. It's a heart, mind and body experience. I'm typing my answers to you right now on a keyboard--I wasn't an actress. I also took a typing class in high school. It was a "pre-class," a class before the usual classes started, so it was at around 7am. I graduated a year early from high school so I could get my French Baccalaureate in France. Yes, that was actually my idea. So I packed in the classes. I loved that typing class. The teacher was so good. She even taught us how to type to music. It was lovely, typing to music at dawn.

4. What is the last good book your read?

BENDING TOWARDS JUSTICE by Gary May. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the book in her dissent.

5. Who or what inspires you?

La MaMa.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?

That's a great segue. Home, family. Melissa and Kiku were ordering an ice cream cake for someone in the office yesterday. Today is her birthday. :-) I liked listening to their decision-making regarding the many flavors of ice cream they were choosing. One of their last concerned questions before they placed the order was: "Is that enough?"




La MaMa presents
SELMA '65
A New Play by Catherine Filloux
Starring Marietta Hedges 
Director by Eleanor Holdridge 

September 26, 2014 - October 12, 2014 

Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm 

First Floor Theatre @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE