Friday, August 29, 2014

Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani: AdA


The prolific Neil LaBute and Italian playwright and actor Marco Calvani team up once again for AdA: Author directing Author. The theme this time around is DESIRE and once again each playwright will direct the other's play.

Of the first AdA, Ben Brantley of The New York Times said:
"Both playwrights are known for their pitch-black views of human nature, and putting them in collaboration seemed to promise a Halloween-worthy orgy of creepy misanthropy. The entertaining results of this union turn out to be more delicate and complex."

Don't miss what promises to be another thrilling pair of works by today's most provocative playwrights. 



La MaMa presents
AdA:
Author directing Author
written and directed 
by Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani
and Marco Calvani and Neil LaBute

October 16 - November 2, 2014

The First Floor Theater
74A East 4th Street

(Between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors. Ten tickets priced at $10 each are available for every performance, in advance only via web, phone or at the box office. Not available day of show. 

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 28, 2014

La MaMa Galleria is on the Move

 Secrecy, oil on canvas, 50" x 50", ND

New for the 2014-2015 Season, the La MaMa Galleria is moving to a new location: 47 Great Jones Street, between Bowery and Lafayette Street.

The first show of the new season and the very first show in the new space will be Lucero Gonzalez Jameson: Angelus Novus. Curated by Raul Zamudio, this solo exhibition culls its title from a Paul Klee print that was once in the collection of the philosopher and writer Walter Benjamin. Similar to how Benjamin used the work as metaphor about the "angel of history" looking backward and the present piling up before it as "wreckage," the exhibition explores dichotomies of life/death, history/myth, and self/other and consists of painting, sculpture and video.  Opening Reception will be October 16th, from 6 to 8pm.

La MaMa Galleria presents
Lucero Gonzalez Jameson: 
Angelus Novus
Curated by Raul Zamudio

October 2nd to the 26th
Wednesdays through Sundays 1pm to 7pm

Free

La MaMa Galleria
47 Great Jones Street
(between Bowery and Lafayette Street)
New York, NY 10003

Monday, August 25, 2014

TEMPEST 3: The Tide is Rising


The centerpiece of La MaMa's 53rd Season: LA MAMA EARTH will be Tempest 3: The Tide is Rising comprised of three very diverse productions of Shakespeare's final play, each from a unique perspective:

October 2 -November 2, 2014
TEMPEST
The world-premiere of a new production of TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, with music by La MaMa veteran composer Elizabeth Swados (La MaMa Cantata, RunawaysKaspar Hauser). The international and intergenerational cast will feature Reg. E. Cathey (The Wire and House of Cards) as Prospero, and the 14-year-old star of Broadway's Billy Elliot, Joseph Harrington as Ariel. Director Coonrod notes similarities between Prospero's world and ours today, noting, "Prospero re-enacts power games on an island - just as Manhattan is an island - and it is the non-human Ariel who is fascinated by humanity's power to love and reminds Prospero of his humanity. The play demonstrates a juxtaposition of time present and timelessness - hence, we will begin the play with a pendulum swinging: a signal of impending disaster and a reminder of time moving forward. A warning."

Tickets: $40 Adults; $30 Students/Seniors. 10 @ $10 tickets are available for this performance, in advance only.  

To purchase: Click Here



November 20 - 23, 2014
THE TEMPEST
The U.S. premiere of Seoul, Korea's Mokwha Repertory Company production of THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Tae-Suk Oh. Inspired by a true story from the Korean Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms, this TEMPEST is set in 5th century Korea and infuses Shakespeare's text with elements of traditional Korean folklore. With music played on Korean instruments and performed in richly layered costumes, this mind-bending production explores acts of nature as they are affected by acts of betrayal, love, forgiveness and reconciliation.  at the Ellen Stewart Theatre. 

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors. 10 @ $10 tickets are available for this performance, in advance only.  

To purchase: Click Here



December 11 - 21, 2014
NELLA TEMPESTA
The U.S. premiere of NELLA TEMPESTA by Motus Theatre. Italy's provocative and dynamic MOTUS Theatre Company explores questions of freedom, control and power in Nella Tempesta. Reflecting on the turmoil in our society - the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the consequences of the economic crisis and questioning of future landscapes - Nella Tempesta is created from fragments of novels by authors including: Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Aldous Huxley as well as Shakespeare's The Tempest and Une Tempête by Aimé Césaire. This version of The Tempest imagines the play about a world not as it appears to be ending, but a world on the verge of a new beginning. 

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors. 10 @ $10 tickets are available for this performance, in advance only.  

To purchase: Click Here

All TEMPEST 3 productions will be at the:
Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and 
New York, NY 10003

TEMPEST 3 Packages are available.  Buy before 9/15 and see all three TEMPEST 3 productions for only $60 (regular price: $100 if purchased separately).

Purchase a TEMPEST 3 Package: HERE


Saturday, August 23, 2014

NEWS for the 2014-2015 Season

La MaMa's got news for the 2014-2015, La MaMa Earth Season!




We've launched a new, fully responsive website that will look great on your desktop, your laptop, your tablet or your smart phone.  Our ticketing is also mobile/tablet optimized so you can buy your tickets from anywhere - on the go!






And speaking of tickets, La MaMa is happy to announce that our 10@$10 Tickets are back for a second season!  That means you can see any show at La MaMa for only $10 - if you are quick enough! Ten tickets are available for every performance for only $10 each (in advance only; not available day of show).  You can create your own subscription: 5 shows for $50 or 10 shows for $100 - it's up to you.  But don't miss out - buy early.


We have also slightly altered our performance schedules at our three theaters.  Evening performances at The Ellen Stewart Theatre will be at 8pm (for all performances after the run of TEMPEST).  And on Sundays all three theatres will have new performance times:  The First Floor Theatre: 2pm; The Ellen Stewart Theatre: 4pm and The Club: 6pm.  This will allow audiences and artists to see multiple shows in one day.  We will be creating special ticket packages in order to see multiple shows and save a little money - but for now: buy our 10@$10 Tickets - nothing os cheaper that that!




And finally, we now have one central box office for all three theaters.  The box office is now located at 66 East 4th Street, on the mezzanine level.  This will be the only box office location this season for both advance sales and for will call.  So come early, pick up your tickets and have drink in the lobby of The Ellen Stewart Theatre before your show.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Calling All Puppets!


Curator Jane Catherine Shaw is looking for short works of genius for La MaMa's 2014 Puppet Slam on Monday, September 29th! Short works should be between three to seven minutes. We seek condensed works for puppetry that are: compelling, brilliant, witty, tragic, funny, stunning,startling, ironic, exotic, political, lyrical, musical, beautiful, intellectual, experimental, wild…. but always demonstrate genius in a matter of minutes! Original Work! Nothing longer than 7 minutes! 

For more info and to apply: Click Here

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fall 2014 @ La MaMa: LA MAMA EARTH


We are so happy to announce that the 2014-2015 season at La MaMa will be called LA MAMA EARTH and will focus on climate change, environmental and social issues.

The LA MAMA EARTH theme materialized as a result of the up-close and personal impact that individuals and entire communities experienced from the widespread devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Articstic Director Mia Yoo said: “When former Mayor Bloomberg responded to a reporter's question at a press conference with the simple statement, 'The tide is rising,' it struck such a chord with me. La MaMa is honored to have the opportunity to present an American, Korean and Italian production of Shakespeare's bracing play, THE TEMPEST – each of which brings a unique cultural perspective to the environmental and social crises we all face.”

The centerpiece of LA MAMA EARTH will be three diverse, international productions of William Shakepeare's THE TEMPEST – productions of the play from the U.S., Korea and Italy. The trio of TEMPESTS will be presented under the collective title Tempest 3: The Tide is Rising and is comprised of the following: THE TEMPEST directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Elizabeth Swados; Korea's Mokwha Repertory Company production of THE TEMPEST and NELLA TEMPESTA by Italy’s Motus Theatre. 


Tempest 3 Packages available: See all three TEMPEST productions for only $60, if purchased before September 15th ($100 value if purchased separately).  Click Here to purchase a 3-show package!
The 2014 Fall Season Line-Up:

September 25-October 12
SELMA '65
This world-premiere is set for the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March. Written by Catherine Filloux (KILLING THE BOSS, LEMKIN'S HOUSE), who returns to La MaMa, SELMA '65 is based on the real-life story of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist who was targeted by the FBI and Ku Klux Klan for her efforts on behalf of African-Americans protesting for the right to vote. The play stars Marietta Hedges and is directed by Eleanor Holdridge. 
The First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here

September 26-28
QUEER NY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Curated by Zvonimir Dubrovic and Nicky Paraiso, the QUEER NY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL festival features contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the traditional concept of “queer” in art. Featured will be DUOS with Darkmatter, Untitled Queen and Merrie Cherry, Jack Waters and Peter Cramer.
The Club @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here

October 2-November 2 
TEMPEST
The world-premiere of a new musical adaptation of THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, with music by La MaMa veteran composer Elizabeth Swados (LA MAMA CANTATA). The international and intergenerational cast will feature Reg. E. Cathay (The Wire and House of Cards) as Prospero, and the 14-year-old star of Broadway's BILLY ELLIOT, Joseph Harrington as Ariel. Director Coonrod notes similarities between Prospero's world and ours today, noting, “Prospero re-enacts power games on an island – just as Manhattan is an island – and it is the non-human Ariel is fascinated by humanity's power to love and reminds Prospero of his humanity. The play demonstrates a juxtaposition of time present and timelessness – hence, we will begin the play with a pendulum swinging: a signal of impending disaster and a reminder of time moving forward. A warning.” 
The Ellen Stewart Theatre.
66 East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here

October 2-19 
THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER
April 2014. Gardiner Comfort attends the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference. Using an erratic and energetic performance style, and evocative details of his week in DC, Comfort shares his life as an actor with Tourette Syndrome. Created by Comfort and his frequent collaborator, Kel Haney (You're Not Tough: HERE, Dixon Place)
The Club @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here


October 16-November 2
AdA: AUTHORS DIRECTING AUTHORS
Playwrights Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani – who teamed to considerable success two years ago at La MaMa to present AdA: AUTHORS DIRECTING AUTHORS return this year with the addition of fellow playwright Nathalie Fillion to present a triptych of one act plays centering on the theme of desire. In this newest version of AdA, each author will write a new one-act play to be directed by one of the other authors, and all characters will be played by the same three actors.  
The First Floor Theatre.  
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

October 24-November 2
THE DREAM VAULT CYCLE
Amulti-media performances exploring the evolution of a creative idea and the interpretation of its seed value as it journeys from art form to art form, conceived & directed by Christian De Gré & R. Patrick Alberty. 
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!


November 6-23
WHAT TAMMY NEEDS TO KNOW 
ABOUT GETTING OLD AND HAVING SEX:
The Concert Tour
Conceived and Directed by Lois Weaver, SPLIT BRITCHES’ newest work has Lois Weaver's alter ego, Tammy WhyNot, a trailer park survivor who gave up a career in country music to become a lesbian performance artist, grapples with the difficult subjects of sex and ageing. This concert performance with songs written and performed by Tammy alongside her back-up singers and dancers with guest appearances by Peggy Shaw and Bette Bourne from the Bloolips. 
The First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!


November 7-16
DEAD END, DUMMY
A new work by Dick Zigun, the Founder & Artistic Director of Coney Island USA since 1980. Inventor of the Mermaid Parade & godfather of burlesque & sideshow revivals, he is a tattooed author of a dozen weird American plays, the performance artist known as the Mayor of Coney Island, and a legal New York State marriage officiant. 
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

November 20-23 
THE TEMPEST/Mokwha Repertory Company 
The U.S. premiere of Seoul, Korea's Mokwha Repertory Company production of THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Tae-Suk Oh. Inspired by a true story from the Korean CHRONICLES OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, this TEMPEST is set in 5th century Korea and infuses Shakespeare's text with elements of traditional Korean folklore. With music played on Korean instruments and performed in richly layered costumes, this mind-bending production explores acts of nature as they are affected by acts of betrayal, love, forgiveness and reconciliation. 
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here

November 21-30 
A RIGHT PAIR 
Bette Bourne and Paul Shaw (of Bloolips) have been partners both offstage and on since the late 1970s. This new performance explores some of their favorite scenes, some obscure gems and some things completely new and what it means to be 'A Right Pair' onstage and off. US Premiere. 
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

November 27-30
KING OF HEARTS IS OFF AGAIN 
Performed by the Studium Teatralne, an ensemble theatre in the tradition of Jerzy Grotwoski, based in Warsaw, Poland. Directed by Piotr Borowski – himself a longtime student of Grotwoski – KING OF HEARTS IS OFF AGAIN  is based on a novel by Hann Krall, a true story about the life of Izolda Regenberg, a young Jewish woman who lived disguised as an Aryan Polish woman in order to rescue her family, trapped in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.  
The First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

December 4-7
THE SEAGULL
Chekhov's play presented by the Serbian National Thatre, directed by Tomi Janezic. Described by international critics as a 'theatrical phenomenon,' this 7-hour production began in 2012 and has become one of the most successful productions in the history of SNT, which dates back to 1861.  
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

December 4-21
IF COLORADO HAD AN OCEAN
A new play by Mike Gorman, directed by David Bennet and performed by The Forty Hour Club. A poetic drama, OCEAN explores the punk roots of a commercial fisherman and his yearning for an imaginary place. With its rebellious rock and roll spirit, this play is the high energy finale of Mr. Gorman's trilogy THE HONOR AND GLORY OF WHALING.  
The First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

December 5-14
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 
OY HANUKKAH, 
MERRY KWANZAA 
An adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic “with old world accents and new world inclusiveness” by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre.  
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!

December 11-21 
NELLA TEMPESTA/Motus Theatre
The U.S. premiere of NELLA TEMPESTA by Motus Theatre. Italy’s provocative and dynamic MOTUS Theatre Company explores questions of freedom, control and power in Nella Tempesta. Reflecting on the turmoil in our society – the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the consequences of the economic crisis and questioning of future landscapes -- Nella Tempesta is created from fragments of novels by authors including: Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Aldous Huxley as well as Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Une Tempête by Aimé Césaire. This version of THE TEMPEST imagines the play about a world not as it appears to be ending, but a world on the verge of a new beginning. 
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: Click Here

December 20-21
CHRISTMAS IN NICKYLAND
The Club’s Programming Director, Nicky Paraiso, serves as the MC for this annual holiday celebration with all-star downtown guests. 
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(Between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: On Sale Soon!


Once again, La MaMa is please to be able to offer our 10@$10 tickets for every performance at La MaMa.  10 @ $10 tickets must be purchased in advance via web, phone or at the box office - they are not available day of show.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations


Last night, the nominations for the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards were announced at 42WEST.  Congratulations to all the nominees, including all of  the below those whose shows were presented at La MaMa:

Outstanding Director 
Kevin Augustine & Edward Einhorn 
The God Projekt, La MaMa in association with Lone Wolf Tribe 

Outstanding Set Design 
Donald Eastman 
The Chairs, La MaMa in association with Skysaver Productions 

Outstanding Sound Design 
Tim Schellenbaum & Alice Tolan-Mee 
The Chairs, La MaMa in association with Skysaver Productions 

Outstanding Innovative Design 
Jane Catherine Shaw & Theodora Skipitares 
For Puppet Design 
The Chairs, La MaMa in association with Skysaver Productions 

Outstanding Original Music 
Alla Zagaykevych 
Fire Water Night, La MaMa in association with Yara Arts Group 

Outstanding Performance Art Production 
The Chairs, La MaMa in association with Skysaver Productions 
The God Projekt, La MaMa in association with Lone Wolf Tribe 
The Maiden, The Nerve Tank

For a full list of nominees: CLICK HERE