Tuesday, September 18, 2018

6 Questions: Jesse Gelaznik



1) What is your role in THE AЯTS?
Composer

2) What do you think about "general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public" mentioned in relationship to the NEA?
I think respect for diverse beliefs defines general standards of decency. Especially when exploring the role culture plays in a nation's global identity. 

3) What makes an artist or work of art "controversial"?
I believe this happens when as a ploy by public opinion and media to create a hype that can be used positively or destructively. Art should be subversive and question the authority, guidelines and boundaries that attempt to quarantine it.  

4) Who excites you in the art and performance worlds today?
I really love this Moroccan band Innov Gwana and the long haired goth cellist I see in the subway sometimes. I love the visual art of Chitra Ganesh and Natalie Frank. I think Lea Bertucci is making interesting music. 

5) What have you learned from working on THE AЯTS?
I believe funding for the arts is imperative. This play has given me a chance to compose some music for a cause I feel good about. That's all I really want to do. 

6) What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
To me La MaMa is real New York theatre. It's so important that places like La MaMa exist. 















La MaMa presents


THE AЯTS 

Sponsored By Nobody 
Written & Directed by Kevin Doyle 
Co-Directed by Mike Carlsen

September 13th - September 30th, 2018
$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors; $10 Tickets

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
For tickets and more information: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The AЯTS: should we continue to advocate for the arts and cultural exchange?


Photo from the Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council highlights writer and director Kevin Doyle on their blog this month with an excerpt from his remarks at their 2017 ACC Forum: Making the Case for Cultural Exchange. This appearance included a performance by SPONSORED BY NOBODY from The AЯTS -- a show opening next month at La MaMa!
"Kevin Doyle is a writer and director whose works in film and theater bridge both artistic disciplines and cultural divides. 
In 2016, Kevin received a two-month ACC Fellowship to Bangladesh to research the garment industry and the experience of women who survived the 2012 Tazreen Fashions Factory fire. Drawing comparisons between the Tazreen fire and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Kevin is in the process of creating an interdisciplinary theater-film in collaboration with the fire’s survivors. 
Recognizing Kevin as a dedicated advocate for the arts and cultural exchange, ACC invited him to serve as a panelist at the 2017 ACC Forum: Making the Case for Cultural Exchange, and his theater company Sponsored By Nobody to perform scenes from THE AЯTS. The performance investigates the origins of the National Endowment for the Arts in relation to the current state of public arts funding in America. An incredibly timely subject, THE AЯTS will premiere its world debut at La MaMa E.T.C. (Multiple Grants, 1977-2011) from September 13 – 30, 2018. 
Kevin Doyle continues to play an integral role in advancing dialogue around the necessity of art and arts funding. In the spirit of continuing this dialogue, we’d like to share an excerpt of Kevin’s remarks from the ACC Forum."

Click here to read Kevin's remarks!

La MaMa presents

THE AЯTS 

Sponsored By Nobody 
Written & Directed by Kevin Doyle 
Co-Directed by Mike Carlsen

September 13th - September 30th, 2018
$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors; $10 Tickets


Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
For tickets and more information: CLICK HERE

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 Letter from Mia Yoo


A Letter from Mia Yoo, Artistic Director of La MaMa

Photo from the 2018 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

Dear Friends,

La MaMa is an artistic community. It is this community and its artists who give us direction and shape our legacy. The artists grapple with social and political issues in their sharing of multiple perspectives and stories, shedding light on the injustices around us. The work of these artists continues to move me, and in these challenging times, there is an urgency for the questions and issues they provoke to go beyond the walls of the theatre. 

" ... more ways for artists to interface with our community and educational programs ... "

This season we explore how to generate greater impact with the artists’ work. We are creating more ways for artists in the season to interface with our community and educational programs. The content of many of the productions is being developed and devised in communities outside of the studio and outside of NYC. We will continue to expand our livestreaming program with online talkbacks, produce a podcast looking at how cultural organizations function in a city, and tour La MaMa’s projects and productions. 


" ... artists have the power to create change ... "


Strengthening our engagement with our local, national, and international communities is how I believe our artists have the power to create change. Our founder, Ellen Stewart, had a “one world” vision where we are all interconnected, and this was expressed through the art. This vision emanates from within the theatres and ultimately can go beyond its walls to reimagine how the arts can transform people and communities. 

Love, 
Mia 
Artistic Director

Brochure cover of Gunnar Montana in Kink Haus

Monday, June 11, 2018

La MaMa @ the Tony Awards!

 
La MaMa Accepts the 2018 Regional Theatre TONY Award from La MaMa on Vimeo.

It was a great night for La MaMa as it was awarded the 2018 Regional Theater Tony Award at Radio City Music Hall.
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Board President Frank Carucci and Artistic Director Mia Yoo on the red carpet


Mia Yoo being interviewed on the red carpet


Mia Yoo and the La MaMa Company backstage at The Tony Awards


La MaMa's Tony Award

Mia Yoo in the press room
photo by David Gordon (TheaterMania)

Meanwhile, back at La MaMa, we held a Tony Viewing Party in The Ellen Stewart Theatre for friends and family!

Photo by Sophie de Baun

Click Here to see photos from the party!

Friday, June 1, 2018

La MaMa Alumni: Brian Belovitch's Trans Figured


In his new autobiography Trans Figured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man, Brian Belovitch (recently seen at La MaMa in Charles Ludlam's Conquest of the Universe) shares his true story of life as a gender outlier and his dramatic journey through the jungle of gender identity.

Trans Figured is now available for pre-order on Amazon: CLICK HERE