La MaMa Blogs: August 2014

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
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


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
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 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
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