Wednesday, November 30, 2016

George Drance on Calderon's Two Dreams



George Drance SJ on a new play at La MaMa, in conversation with Fordham University's Loyola Scholar Michael Zampelli, SJ

The first presentation of the Sheen Center's new public forum, "The True, the Good, and the Beautiful" examining questions of faith in thought and culture.

Moderator George Drance, SJ in conversation with Fordham University's Loyola Scholar Michael Zampelli, SJ and the critically acclaimed Magis Theatre company present a look into the spiritual journey of Pedro Calderon de la Barca, one of Spain's greatest theatre artists of the Baroque era as they prepare to present their new production Calderon's Two Dreams at the legendary La MaMa Theatre in February 2017.

Rev. Michael Zampelli, SJ is the Paul L. Locatelli, SJ University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University where he has been on the faculty since 1998. For the 2016-2017 academic year, he has the honor of holding the St. Ignatius Loyola Chair in the Theatre Program at Fordham University.

Father Zampelli teaches courses in performance studies, gender and sexuality in performance, theatre history and dramatic literature. He has written on the early modern Italian theatre, religious criticism of the theatre, the dynamics of Jesuit performance, and the spiritual functions of theatre. His current research focuses on the retrieval of Jesuit performance traditions in 19th and early 20th century America.

He received the PhD in Drama from Tufts University in 1998.

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The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture presents

The True, 
the Good, 
and the Beautiful

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7pm

Free Event

Sheen Center - Black Box
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

For Info and Reservations: CLICK HERE




Monday, November 28, 2016

Video 6 Questions: Erik Ehn

 
6 Questions: Erik Ehn, playwright of CLOVER from La MaMa on Vimeo.


We spoke with playwright Erik Ehn, who's play CLOVER comes to The First Floor Theatre at La MaMa December 01 - December 16, 2016. CLOVER is about the violent and universal cycle of life follows the tragedy of Emmett Till and his mother that helped spur the Civil Rights Movement as well as three other stories, illustrating America’s history of violence towards those most vulnerable. 

La MaMa presents

Erik Ehn's 

CLOVER 

A Planet Connections Production 
Written by Erik Ehn 
Directed by Glory Kadigan

December 1 - 16, 2016

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

Tickets: $18 Adults/$13 Students and Seniors; La MaMa's 10@$10 tickets available for all performances, in advance only

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2016

First Look at PIANO TALES










All photos by Theo Cote for La MaMa

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La MaMa presents

Piano 
Tales 

Written, Performed, & Composed by James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis 
Directed by Andrew Scoville 

November 18-20, 2016
Friday and Saturday at 10pm; Sunday at 6pm

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

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6 Questions: Nic Ularu



OBIE award winner Nic Ularu (UniArt Theatre Co.) returns to La MaMa with his new work, Fusions which explores the effect of technology on society.  Nic took too time out from preparing for the show to answer our 6 Questions. Don't miss Fusions, coming to The Club at La MaMa from  November 25 - December 4, 2016, only!

1. What was the original inspiration behind creating FUSIONS?

In my last plays, I tried to analyze the artist's condition and to respond to some questions such as: what makes us try to express ourselves artistically in such money oriented society, based on consumption and globalization? During the process, I realized that first of all I should observe the public to whom we are addressing our theater art nowadays, and it was obvious that the technology and social media drastically the contemporary society.

2. What should audiences expect from the show?

The show is like a magnifying mirror that reveals how the human existence can be turned into grotesque by the influence of the TV reality shows, social media, video games, internet sex and the dependence on the computer.


3. The show investigates "the impact of the technology on the nowadays' society" what is the biggest way technology has impacted you personally?

A few years ago, when my laptop crashed, and I lost a lot of documents and files, I discovered my dependence on my computer. I realized that my life was dangerously linked to this strange object. It was like all my thoughts, all my memories, everything I did in the last few years were encapsulated in this device, and it seemed that this data was immensely important for me. Out of the blue, I felt some ridiculous desperation and emptiness. It was the moment in which I decided to stay as far as I can from this tool and to don't transform it into a meaning of life. I decided to observe the people around me, to communicate more, to see with my own eyes the things I like in the nature or visiting other countries, not through the video camera, iPhone or any other recording devices. I still spend a lot of time in the front of the computer, but I always feel guilty about it.

4. Who inspires you?

The people around me… For this particular show, some young guys who spend more time looking on the small screen of their cellphones texting, playing, emailing, etc. than interacting directly with each other. People who are more interested in the celebrities' lives and style of living then in their existences. The addiction to Facebook, Tweeter, Pok√©mon Go and all the social media, that consume too much time from our short and precious lives alienate us.

5. What was the last work of art (performance/film/books) that made an impact on you?

There are many works of art that are impacted me over the years. I think the most difficult thing for any artist is to tell a story in the simplest way. I saw recently Louis Malle's Vanya on 42ndStreet, and, as always, I was amazed by the power of acting and transmitting a message without the scenic effects, costumes and theater artifice.


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

Since I came in this country, my artistic life revolved around La MaMa.  I had the privilege to know Ellen Stewart, who offered me the opportunity to make my debut as a playwright and theater director in New York. I designed sets for ten shows at La MaMa, and I directed three of my plays (FUSIONS is the 4th collaboration between my company UniArt Theatre Co. and La MaMa ETC). In 2003, I was awarded an OBIE for the production of TalkingBand's Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, that was produced at La MaMa.  Recently, I dedicated a significant chapter of my Ph.D. thesis on Off-Off Broadway theater, to the personality of Ellen Stewart and the importance of La MaMa in the contemporary American and international theater.

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La MaMa presents
FUSIONS
a new play written and directed by Nic Ularu (UniArt Theatre Co.)

Featuring: Paul Kaufmann, Drew Richardson, Carin Bendas, Chad Henderson 
Set Design: Nic Ularu
Costume Design: Max Archimedes Levitt
Lighting Design: Jim Hunter
Video and Sound Design: Baxter Engle

November 25 - December 4, 2016
Friday & Saturday at 10pm; Sunday at 6pm

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

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors; ten tickets priced at $10 each are available for every performance (advance sales only) as part of La MaMa's 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

La MaMa Outing to THE CHERRY ORCHARD


Join the board and members of the staff of La MaMa on an outing on Broadway to Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Cherry Orchard staring Diane Lane.We invite you to attend the performance and a special post-show meet and greet with Diane Lane, who began here career at La MaMa at the age of seven.

The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, The Cherry Orchard captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. By turns tragic and funny, Roundabout’s new adaptation, by Stephen Karam (The Humans), promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.

The cast also includes: Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau, Joel Grey, Tina Benko, Kyle Beltran, Chuck Cooper, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis

Purchase includes an orchestra ticket and the opportunity to meet the Academy Award nominated star.


Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7pm

The American Airlines Theatre
27 West 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10036 

Tickets: $100 

For tickets and info: CLICK HERE