Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6 Questions: Susana Cook

Photo by Annabelle Contreras Castro

Susana Cook's newest work, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts,  premieres at The Club at La MaMa on March 24th and runs through April 2, 2017.  Susana took a break from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  

1. How do you describe your new show, Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts?
Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts has many experimental components in the writing, and suddenly we are all singing a la Broadway. It’s an ensemble work but it’s also a solo show. It’s playing with language and the non-sense of our times. It’s a collage of powerful images, trying to create resistance through form. It’s fun and it’s tragic too. It’s intense, like the moment we are living. It has 15 actors onstage trying to make sense of a structure that keeps destroying itself all the time.

2. How does it feel to be doing this play in our current political climate? 
It feels necessary and urgent. We can’t do anything else but referring to what’s happening with whatever art we are creating. Non-Consensual relationships with Ghosts is a show of the resistance. It’s an attempt to make people feel better, to laugh, to sing and to make them feel part of a community; that’s the best part of the theater experience.

3. What have you learned during the creation of this piece? 
That the most important part of a theater piece is the energy. That people leave their house to come see us to experience something, and as directors we have to be magicians who can unleash that transformative energy.

4. Who inspires you? 
Heiner Muller

5. What was the last good book you read? 
I couldn’t read books lately, I am constantly following the news, reading articles, things are happening so fast. But Post-Dramatic Theater by Hans- Thies Lehmann is what comes to mind.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you? 
I always wanted to do a show at La MaMa, I am ecstatic that is finally happening.


La MaMa presents
Written and Directed by Susana Cook 
Sound Design by Julian Mesri

March 24, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Fridays & Saturdays at 10pm; Sundays at 6pm

The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE