Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OUT Magazine on DENUDED!

Out Magazine calls Bruno Isaković's Denuded a "Must See"!

Premiering at the Queer New York International Arts Festival in association with La Mama, Denuded is a nine-person dance piece choreographed by the legendary Bruno Isaković. The movement is inspired by the connection between breath and physical tension of the body, and explores that relationship through precise, intricate moves and shapes.

Read the full article HERE.

La MaMa presents
by Bruno Isaković

Part of Queer New York International Arts Festival

September 28 - October 2, 2016
Wednesday 9/28: Solo Version
Thursday 9/29 - Sunday 10/2: Group Version

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, September 26, 2016

La MaMa Archive Monthly Open House

NEW for the 55th Season - the La MaMa Archive will be open to the public for monthly viewing hours on the first Thursday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:00.  Come stop by and see all of the amazing posters, puppets, awards and other materials from the 55 years of La MaMa's history.

Timed to for audiences to come early before our Thursday performances, stop in before seeing THE GOD PROJECT,  ET'TEFFEH/APPLES or DENUDED this Thursday and experience 55 years of off-off Broadway history.

Admission is free, donations accepted.

La MaMa presents

La MaMa Archive 

Open House

Thursday, October 6, 2016: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

La MaMa Archive
66 East 4th Street, 1st Floor
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Free Admission, donations accepted.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffeehouse Chronicles #136: Theodora Skipitares

On Saturday, October 8 at 3pm Coffeehouse Chronicles #136 celebrates the work of Theodora Skipitares.  

Moderated by JoAnne Akalaitis 

Panelists: Andrea Balis, Claudia Orenstein

and Jane Catherine Shaw 

Theodora Skipitares is an interdisciplinary artist and theater director based in NewYork. Trained as a sculptor and theater designer, she began creating personal solo performances in the late 1970's, which revolved around the use of handmade objects that were worn on her body. Gradually she moved away from autobiography to explore social and historical themes. She introduced small 3-dimensional representations of herself into these performances, which she understood (later) to be puppets. She has created 25 works featuring as many as 300 puppet figures, live music, film, video and documentary texts. These projects include UNDER THE KNIFE, a site-specific history of medicine which took an audience to twelve different theater environments, and BODY OF CRIME, a history of women in prison. More recently, she created three plays about the Trojan War: HELEN, ODYSSEY, and IPHIGENIA. In 2014, she devised THE CHAIRS, a take-off on Ionesco's absurdist classic, and in 2016, she created SIX CHARACTERS, a response to Pirandello's play.

La MaMa presents
Chronicles #136:
Theodora Skipitares

Saturday, October 8 at 3pm

Free/Suggested Donation

For Reservations and Info: CLICK HERE

Friday, September 16, 2016

Abdelkader Alloula

This season, La MaMa welcomes the Algerian company, Istijmam and their production of Et'teffeh/Apples by Abdelkader Alloula.

 Jane E. Goodman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, writes:

"Playwright Abdelkader Alloula wrote Et’tefeh in 1992, in the aftermath of Algeria’s 1988 uprising, which toppled 30 years of single-party dictatorship but led to a decade of civil war that pitted Islamist insurgents against a military-backed regime. A secular democratic intellectual committed to political pluralism, Alloula was assassinated outside his home in Oran by Islamist terrorists in 1994."

Abdelkader Alloula's daughter, Rihab Alloula is performing in the play along with Moussa Boukra and Mustapha Lakhdari.  La MaMa is the New York stop on this multi-city tour of Et'teffeh/Apples that runs through October 2, 2016.

La MaMa in association with Center Stage presents
by Istijmam  

September 29 - October 2, 2016
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm

The First Floor Theatre @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Monday, September 12, 2016

6 Questions: Randolph Curtis Rand

OBIE Winner  Randolph Curtis Rand is bringing Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death! to The Ellen Stewart Theatre in October.  Randolph took time out of rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions about Frankenstein, puppets and who inspires him.

1. What was the original inspiration for Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death!?
I first read FRANKENSTEIN as a teen, and have to say, that i did not get it. Probably, I was expecting something closer to the movies. Flash forward many years, and I inadvertently picked up a copy of the 1818 edition. STILL don’t know as I got it, but now I knew that that was the point; it's a truly strange book, and I wondered just what Mary wanted to say with it. So, asking that question, and the only way of doing that (for me) is to get it up on it’s feet, putting action to description. Also, it struck me that there was a lot of philosophy in the book. She paints a very well drawn, cosmopolitan world, from Geneva, to The Orkney Islands, to the Arctic! Poets, scientists, college students, sea captains, Italian noblemen, and Muslims! I think she paints the world she knew, from her travels, the people that were friends with her, Shelley, her father, and the books she read. And I began thinking about what the zeitgeist was like then; she sets the book in “17- “, so the late 18th century- romanticism, the American, and French revolutions, Thomas Paine, the Rights of Man, etc. I wanted to tell the story, like a jewel in the setting of the time.

2. What should audiences expect from the show?
Well, NOT the movies!! I hope they’ll see something like what it must have been like for this teenage girl to be among these brilliant iconoclasts, AND her coming into her own as an artist.

3. How did you decide to incorporate the use of puppets into this piece?
I can’t really say why, but from the very first stirrings of this piece, I knew that the creature had to be a puppet. Not an actor, per se, but something inanimate, that we animated. Perhaps that’s it- a theatrical metaphor.

4. Who has inspired you? 
Hard. There are so many. I think I’m mostly inspired by other arts. Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Mary Overlie, Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, Francis Bacon, and Marc Rothko, John Cage, and always, always, Charles Ives!

5. What film/play/art exhibit/dance work have seen recently that made an impact on you?
So many things! I’m always fascinated when someone, or some group, seem to creating new language with their work; Elevator Repair Service’s production of Sybil Kempson’s play, at New York Theatre Workshop; a couple of years ago watching Witness Relocation do Chuck Mee’s ETERNIDAY (at La Mama); a lot of reading is inspiring me; John Cage’s SILENCE, also Barbara Dilley’s memoir/auto-biography/work book, THIS VERY MOMENT, also George Mac Donalds’ classic of fantasy, LILITH.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
Oh, it’s home! This is my 7th show here. I got my Union Card here, won my OBIE here, toured Austria, Greece, and Romania from here. A lot of the faces are different now, but it will always be coming home.

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La MaMa presents
or, Let Us Seek Death!
Conceived and Directed By Randolph Curtis Rand
Written by Chana Porter
Puppetry by Benjamin Stuber
An Eric Borlaug Production

October 20 - November 06, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 4PM

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors; ten tickets priced at $10 each are available for every performance as part of La MaMa 10@$10 ticketing initiative.

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE