Wednesday, February 15, 2017

6 Questions: Lars Øyno



La MaMa brings Grusomhetens Teater's production of Henrik Ibsen's unfinished opera libretto The Mountain Bird to The Ellen Stewart Theatre for 4 performances - March 2 - 5, 2017.  This will be the US premiere of The Mountain Bird and director Lars Øyno answered 6 Questions about the show, Artaud and directing this unfinished text by Ibsen. 
 
Q: What was the original inspiration behind deciding to stage Ibsen’s The Mountain Bird?

A: After many years of staging physical performances in the name of the French theatre poet Antonin Artaud, I thought it was time to make a change in the repertoire. Not leaving Artaud, but together with him--seeing if there could be other horizons to conquer. By coincidence I found Ibsen’s unfinished opera libretto, and thought this could lead to a change.
Q: What was the biggest challenge in staging The Mountain Bird?
A: The biggest challenge was to mount the complicated songs on stage.

Q: How is this production different than other Grusomhetens Teater productions?
A: This time our spectacle appears like a theatre performance from the 1860`s – a "costume drama."

Q: Who inspires you?
A: The Marx Brothers.

Q: What is the last good book you read?
A: Enid Starkie, Arthur Rimbaud: A Biography.

Q: What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
A: All I’ve done so far as a director of Grusomhetens Teater for these past 25 years has lead me to the point where Artaud can now have the opportunity to speak on this legendary stage.


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La MaMa presents
The Mountain BirdDirected by Lars Øyno
Original Score by Filip Sande


March 02 - March 05, 2017Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 4PM

Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; ten tickets are available for every performance for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa's 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative.

For tickets and info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BroadwayWorld onTHE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT


"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will receive a rare New York revival this spring at The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street) with previews beginning March 9th, 2017 for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through March 26th. Opening Night is set for Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm.

Academy Award winner and long time member of The Actors Studio Estelle Parsons directs a cast that includes Richarda Abrams, Bob Adrian, Victor Almanzar, Erick Betancourt, Michael Billingsley, Fig Chilcott, Suzanne DiDonna, Lash Dooley, Timothy Doyle, Gabe Fazio, Gabriel Furman, Leland Gantt, Daniel Grimaldi, Shashwat Gupta, Con Horgan, Liana Jackson, Jay Johnston, Burnadair Lipscomb-Hunt, Beth Manspeizer, Javier Molina, Marcus Naylor, Myla Pitt, Joanna Rhinehart, Delissa Reynolds, and Count Stovall."

Read the full BroadwayWorld article: HERE

10@$10 Tickets are going fast so buy now!

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La MaMa presents

The Last Days 

of Judas Iscariot


Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis 
Directed by Estelle Parsons

March 09 - March 26, 2017

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 4PM *additional performance Monday, March 13 at 7PM


Ellen Stewart Theatre 

66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors; ten tickets are available for each performance for $10 each, advance sales only - first come first served.


For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Talkbacks Schuduled with Benghazi-Bergen-Belsen Author Yossi Sucary


Benghazi-Bergen-Belsen author Yossi Sucary will participate in two post-show discussions following performances of the stage adaptation of his novel on Friday, March 24th and Sunday, March 26th.

Yossi Sucary is an Israeli author. Yossi writes in a universal perspective about issues of identity and place. His books deal with meta physical questions, as well as with socio-political question of Oriental Jews in Israel and world-wide. Yossi has received a number of exclusive literature prizes for his work: the Brenner Prize for Hebrew Literature, the Prime Minister Prize for Hebrew Literature, and the Washington Israeli Institute Prize. Yossi’s books are taught at many universities in Israel. His latest book, “From Benghazi to Bergen-Belsen,” tells the story of the Holocaust of Oriental Jewry and was chosen by the Ministry of Education to be part of the Holocaust curriculum for high school students in Israel. Yossi is a philosophy teacher focusing on analytical and continental philosophy of the 20th century.

Benghazi – Bergen-Belsen is an original play based on the novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary. Tracing the story of the holocaust of the Jews of Libya, the play gives voice to a larger cultural narrative that is conspicuously absent from prevalent stories of the Jewish holocaust. By citing the marginalized racial politics of the holocaust, the show urges a reconsidering of both historical and contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence. Underscoring the contemporary urgency of the story, the play features both historical and present-day images of New York, Europe, Syria, Africa, and the Middle East.

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La MaMa presents

Benghazi Bergen-Belsen


Written and conceived by Lahav Timor 

Based on the novel by Yossi Sucary 
Directed by Michal Gamily

March 23 - April 09, 2017

Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 3PM


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

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; ten tickets are available for every performance for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa's 10@$10 ticketing initiative.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Reviews Are In Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi



Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi restages five original plays by one of La MaMa's first playwrights, not as vintage nostalgia, but as startingly contemporary works far ahead of their time! In the 1960s and 1970s, playwright Robert Patrick led an underground theatre movement that questioned the future through a series of quirky, minimalist science fiction plays.


Find out what the press is saying about this performance:



"what makes this powerful theater is not artistic theory but the galvanizing and immersive experience of each of the plays. Directors Billy Clark, Jason Trucco, and Park Il Kyu brilliantly orchestrate each of the pieces using video, traditional staging, and a changing environment to enroll the audience in each piece.
- Gay City News


"This is the kind of downtown theatre I want to see more of. “Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi” is a unique, vibrant production that explores technology and human consciousness while using looping – or perhaps, I should call it mirroring – as a tool to take the audience into a whirlwind of intrigue. I loved this show. It was full of surprising delights and capturing performances."
- NY Theatre Guide



"engaging and interactive" 
- CHARGED.fm




"interesting, fun, and easy show to watch and enjoy"




"impeccable acting and production values, and in that regard, Hi Fi | Wi Fi | Sci Fi is certainly a success"



"Robert Patrick's plays certainly leave a lasting impression."







La MaMa and CultureHub present

Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi / Sci-Fi
Predictions Past Present and Future
Written by Robert Patrick
Directed by Billy Clark and Jason Trucco

February 2 - 19, 2017

Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm
*additional performance Monday, February 6th at 8pm

The Downstairs @ La MaMa

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

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors


For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Monday, January 30, 2017

6 Questions: Jason Trucco


Jason Trucco is the co-director of Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi / Sci-Fi  Predictions Past, Present, & Future took time out of technical rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi / Sci-Fi runs February 2 - 19 at The Downstairs @ La MaMa.

1. How did your working with CultreHub come about?

The simple answer is meeting Billy Clark, CultureHub's artistic director. And the discovery that he's more than a dynamic artistic director, he's an artist with guts and imagination. My life is enriched when I collaborate with fabulous people and Billy is one of those rare guys.

Yes, Billy & I talked about these plays that we're now directing together upon our meeting. For me, these early La MaMa plays had inspired the whole adventure of my professional life. Pleasingly, for Billy, there were obvious personal connections, too. His artistic development was rooted in La MaMa's legacy and he was already investigating technologies that these plays anticipated in the generation before they were possible, when they were science fictions. CultureHub's day to day is investigating the future of dramatic storytelling, art & technology.

One example of Billy's connection, take the possibility of live telepresence performances with Seoul Institute or the Arts in Korea, which Billy had been developing for years. Camera Obscura, one of the short plays in our Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi / Sci-Fi collection, written in 1968, tells the story of two lovers endeavoring to communicate by the same telepresence means. And the play questions how the challenges therein work. 

Amazing to think about, Billy had been experiencing those challenges first hand in the same place where Robert Patrick had imagined them as science fiction on stage a generation ago. And Billy decided to join me in a mission to re-stage these classics for a new generation of experimental theater audience with superstars from downtown theater's past, present, and future. Our electric cast includes Augustine Machado, who performed at the Cino, and Valois Mickens, a longtime member of La MaMa's Great Jones RepetoryCompany, along with Great Jones' latest generation, John Gutierrez and CulturHub's Yeena Sung. Three generations of inspiring people form our ensemble.

2. What was interesting to you about Robert Patrick's work?

Yes, Robert Patrick is my favorite playwright. And the plays that I love most are his one man, one woman mini-plays. The maestro takes a traditional situation and tells it in a brand new way. He'll tell a love story backwards. He makes me laugh like hell. Most experimental of New York's experimental playwrights.

3. How are you integrating the use of technology into the piece?

All art is technology. Even paint. That's how I approach it. And, as the title of our show suggests, we are putting hi-tech next to low. Make believe, raw wood sets, telepresence, immersive A/V. We're really mixing it up, as appropriate for a show about past, present, and future.

In Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi, we have explored new technologies that may change how people think about theatre. As you know, live telepresence in a work about the ways technology -- Skype, FaceTime, video conferencing -- enhances and conflicts with communication between two lovers. Yes, that's on the surface. And there are many ways that we've used, or custom developed new technologies, that may not be apparent to a person at first.  Consider this: The text describes a five second delay, which mixes the lovers up. We, meaning our ensemble of lovely and talented artists and technologists at CultureHub, took the reading literally and rehearsed with a homemade audio video system with a lag that was five seconds exactly. The technology drove the actor's pace and performance. It changes the play reading dramatically!

4. What is the last good book you read?

Exodus by God, as told to Moses. Yes, I really find the Bible to be worth reading again and again. And this book contains the script for the world's most successful ongoing work of interactive storytelling, the Passover Seder. 

Also, ExercisesDes Styles by Raymond Queneau, a story fragment told ninety-nine different ways. 

5. Who inspires you?

Thankfully, my life is filled with inspiring people. The person I've been shaking my head in amazement about lately is Sang Min Chae, our technical specialist on Hi-Fi / Wi-fi / Sci-Fi. Sang Min is a visiting student intern from Korea's Soul Institute of the Arts. On the night that he arrived from Korea, he began working with me and Billy on a very challenging technical glitch with my good friend and collaborator, Allee Willis. She's a very vocal Grammy, Emmy, Tony Nominated and Tony Winning, Webby award winning performer. And he saved our necks. 

Computers are divas, very demanding of special attention. Sang Min has a way of approaching every creative and technical challenge as an opportunity to be excellent. He stays as long as it takes to finish the play to its best shape for showtime. He wears many hats, cinematography, projection, model making, Virtual Reality, editing, lighting, programming. And he's courageous in trying new approaches. He's humble, strong, communicative. And, mostly, he's a joy to be around. We all laugh a lot. 

The guys on the last play called him Slam Dunk. And he's saved our necks more than once, with an unexpected yet appropriate solution to any challenge we meet. Experimental playmaking is all about meeting challenges creatively. Sang Min is an inspiring new gunslinger in experimental theater town.

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

Working at La MaMa means finding an artistic family.  Yes, there are other wonderful places to work.  And, likewise, there are many wonderful old ladies worth visiting but you still visit your grandmother, even if she lives further than those other old ladies. You know how visiting your grandmother is somehow different? 

La MaMa, boldly led in Ellen Stuart's legacy by Mia Yoo  -- with the most talented office of artist slash every other job -- is a family business. Like my grandparents operated. And, while many institutions claim to support groundbreaking work but don't have the stomach to test ideas in front of an audience until they have been tested elsewhere, La MaMa is continuing a tradition of always being new.

Just as Robert Patrick is the most experimental of the experimental playwrights, CultureHub is the most experimental of La MaMa's experimental companies. Within a legacy of experimenting: that's where I feel most at home.


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La MaMa and CultureHub present

Hi-Fi / Wi-Fi / Sci-Fi
Predictions Past Present and Future
Written by Robert Patrick
Directed by Billy Clark and Jason Trucco

February 2 - 19, 2017
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm
*additional performance Monday, February 6th at 8pm

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

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE