La MaMa presents a “Project in Progress” by the renowned Split Britches - Unexploded Ordnance UXO - October 6 - 16, 2016, in The Downstairs at La MaMa.
Split Britches developed the work in collaboration with audiences in London, New York and Los Angeles over a 2 year period including, most recently, an Elders in Residence program on New York’s Governor's Island in September. The company will return to La Mama in 2018 with a final performance. Unexploded Ordnance UXO is a combination of performance and an experimentation with formats for public conversation and references Weaver’s work with The Long Table. Unexploded Ordnance UXO is not yet open for review.
A metaphor for unexplored potential, particularly in elders, Unexploded Ordnance UXO recognizes the unmined resources in us all and seeks to tap that in order to solve problems. Studies have shown that people often experience a burst of creative development as they reach 60 years of age.
The project’s reference to Dr. Strangelove will be apparent in the following ways: the stage will be set with a large round table for public discussion called the 'Situation Room’ echoing the film’s iconic circle called the 'War Room’. The company will encourage conversation on our current situations with election anxiety anticipated to be a popular topic. All topics will be discussed with a sense of urgency in solving some of our big problems by referencing a ‘doomsday' scenario like the threat of nuclear disaster in the film.
Peggy Shaw will take on the character of the bombastic general (played by George C. Scott in the film) and Lois Weaver will assume the gentile and ineffectual President (played by Peter Sellars) as dramaturgical engines for the conversation and as sources of comedy performance.
La MaMa presents
Written and Performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
October 6 - 16, 2016
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 6pm
The Downstairs @ La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; 2-Show Split Britches packages available to see both Unexploded Ordnance UXO and