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Friday, June 14, 2019

6 Questions: ‘MOre’ Zimin from 13 FRUITCAKES


La MaMa presents

13 FRUITCAKES

Written & Directed by Byungkoo Ahn 
Song Cycle by Gihieh Lee 
Lyrics by LorcaWilde and Other Queer Poets 
Electronic Music by Los Angeles Laptop Collective 

Filled with movement and music, 13 Fruitcakes is a series of 13 staged musical vignettes about 13 significant LGBTQ figures that influence humanity through their great achievements in the arts, politics, philosophy, and science. Moments in the lives of Harmodius and Aristogeiton, Dong Xian (董賢), King Hyegong, Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Christian Andersen, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker and Eleanor Roosevelt are staged along with a beautiful song cycle based on poems by queer poets such as Wilde, Mew, Whitman, Rimbaud and Lorca.

June 13 - June 16, 2019

Thursday - Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 Students and Seniors

For Info and Tickets: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Video Teaser: 13 FRUITCAKES



La MaMa presents

13 FRUITCAKES

Written & Directed by Byungkoo Ahn 
Song Cycle by Gihieh Lee 
Lyrics by Lorca, Wilde and Other Queer Poets 
Electronic Music by Los Angeles Laptop Collective 

Filled with movement and music, 13 Fruitcakes is a series of 13 staged musical vignettes about 13 significant LGBTQ figures that influence humanity through their great achievements in the arts, politics, philosophy, and science. Moments in the lives of Harmodius and Aristogeiton, Dong Xian (董賢), King Hyegong, Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Christian Andersen, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker and Eleanor Roosevelt are staged along with a beautiful song cycle based on poems by queer poets such as Wilde, Mew, Whitman, Rimbaud and Lorca.

June 13 - June 16, 2019

Thursday - Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 Students and Seniors

For Info and Tickets: CLICK HERE


Monday, June 10, 2019

Promo Video: Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes



La MaMa presents

Contradict This! 
A Birthday Funeral for Heroes

By The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

June 20 - June 29, 2019

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

Cake, coffin, gavel, choir, composers, live musical trolling! On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the much lauded homo poet Walt Whitman's birth and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is throwing a pageant for the ancestors.

Part trial, part birthday, part funeral, this spectacle will feature original music performed by a host of misfits, drag artists, queers, and a local choir. Come with friends, complaints, heroes and villains alike. All are welcome to the death, birth, and reckoning of the great poet.

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 Students and Seniors

For Info and Tickets: CLICK HERE


Friday, June 7, 2019

Open Call for Choir Participants for Upcoming La MaMa Show!



The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, open call for choir participants for show at La Mama

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret is a cabaret/theater company working on a project called Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heros, as part of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The Bearded Ladies are throwing a party, a funeral, and a trial for Whitman, using him to explore what we do with our flawed heroes. For this pageant we are building a choir and are looking for singers who love to sing, can learn simple music quickly, are excited about working with The Bearded Ladies, and love glitter and fake facial hair.

There is no audition process, the show is looking for about 30 voices in total. It's a volunteer choir (all members will be fed at every rehearsal/performance). The music is fairly simple, and we're looking for all voice types. There may be some elements of physicality in the performance, but we're more interested in getting as many diverse voices and bodies in the room as possible.   

The production will be at LaMaMa, and the schedule we'd like for folx to make is the following:

June 17th 6-10p rehearsal (TBD Great Jones Room of LaMaMa)
June 18th 7-9pm spacing rehearsal at LaMaMa. 
June 19th 6p-10p tech rehearsal (we understand if people cannot make this commitment, the whole day long)
June 20th 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show
June 21st 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show
June 22nd 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show
June 23rd 1:30pm show call, 3:00pm show
June 27th 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show
June 28th 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show
June 29th 5:30pm show call, 7:00pm show

If you would like to participate or would like more information, contact Director John Jarboe (he/she) at jtjarboe@gmail.com

Monday, June 3, 2019

6 Questions: Esther Apituley


Bach and Bleach is a play about two opposites merging into an unexpected and wonderful understanding of life and themselves. It’s funny, it’s profound, it’s not to be missed. Renowned Dutch musician Esther Apituley answered our 6 Questions about her upcoming production at La MaMa!

1) How would you describe your character in Bach and Bleach? 

A passionate musician who loved to tell her story through her viola. 

2) What was your original inspiration for Bach & Bleach? 

To make classical music more accessible to people who never go to a classical music concert because they feel intimated by classical music. I want to make classical music approachable. Too many people think of classical music being solemn and I want to change that. 

3) Does this production feel different when performed in different countries with different casts? 

Yes, definitely. When we performed it in Spain the people were more emotional, more open. The Dutch audiences can be more cynical and very straight. Here in the US it's an international cast bringing many cultures together in one show. Jenny Sterlin, the cleaning lady was born in Britain, my pianist is from Puerto Rico, Gregoire, the harmonica player is European as is the cellist (French) and one of the violinists (German). The styles come together, like New York. 

4) What is the significance of Bach's music in Bach and Bleach? 

Bach is monumental, of another universe. Bleach is the opposite, something to clean with -- bringing the two together is intriguing.

5) How is live music important to the production?

Classical musicians tend to be strict in their playing, every note has it's value. Adding jazz musicians gives a freedom, especially with improvisation. A combination of the classical and jazz musicians brings a unique sound. 

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

La MaMa is in New York City, and its amazing that they were interested to host my show. I'm thankful to them and proud of that. As an artist it is important that there is a theater behind me that believes in the work that I do.



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La MaMa presents

Bach and Bleach is a play about two opposites merging into an unexpected and wonderful understanding of life and themselves. It’s funny, it’s profound, it’s not to be missed. renowned Dutch musician Esther Apituley answered our 6 Questions about her upcoming production at La MaMa!
Music performance by Esther Apituley 
New York version Directed by Erwin Maas

June 5 - 9, 2019
Wednesday - Friday at 8pm; Saturday and 1pm and 8pm; Sunday at 5pm

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 & Info: CLICK HERE