La MaMa Blogs: January 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Series of One Promo Video

Series of One | A Solo Festival from La MaMa on Vimeo.

Series of One returns to La MaMa this week with four  provocative, challenging solo performances  centered around storytelling and personal narratives.  These courageous artists exemplify La MaMa's mission by continuing to create adventurous and engaging art which allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer--no distractions.

BLAKE SUGARMAN: Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth) 
Feb 1 - 2 at 8pm | Feb 10 at 8pm | Feb 11 at 3pm      
Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth) engages with the climate crises in a number of unexpected ways: through the lens of evolutionary time, the biblical apocalypse, and the process of growing up as a person and a society. It also examines the human tendency to make wishes, and what that means in moments when we feel powerless. It all takes place in the shadow of a giant hourglass. Nevertheless, the universe breathes on. Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth) is written and performed by Blake Sugarman and directed by Jacob Sexton.

JOHN JARBOE: You Can Never Go Down The Drain:  a Musical Children's Program for Adults in 2018 
Feb 3 at 8pm | Feb 4 at 3pm | Feb 8 - 9 at 8pm

Mr. Rogers was known for saying no matter how bad things are "You can never go down the drain."  Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia's Bearded Ladies Cabaret, puts this to the test.  For this workshop performance, expect a gold fish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony. You Can Never Go Down The Drain is created by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and written and performed by John Jarboe.

Feb 15 - 16 at 8pm | Feb 24th at 8pm | Feb 25th at 3pm
Mermaid's Howl written, directed and performed by Marina Celander is a fantastical One-Woman piece, full of magic and dreams. The characters are WOMAN and DAUGHTER. They speak to each other through time and space, through ocean divers and earth creatures, through madness and memories, remembering their way back to their matriline in Korea. Music and soundscape by Infinite Dåkot-Ta.

MEGAN METRIKIN: Finding Fellini
Feb 17th at 8pm | Feb 18th at 3pm | Feb 22 - 23 at 8pm

Written and performed by Megan Metrikin Finding Fellini centers around a Jewish woman's escape from the brutal realities of apartheid South Africa into a Fellini infused cinematic landscape. Projection images from the maestro's films, as well as Fellini quotes, weave together representing the creativity, freedom and vibrancy Fellini symbolizes to a woman running from the horrors of her home country where repression is the suffocating norm.  Directed and Designed by Guy De Lancey

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Monday, January 29, 2018

Audiences are loving THE PILL

The Pill | Audience Reactions from La MaMa on Vimeo.

Audiences are enthusiastic about THE PILL - A FAMILY MEMOIR at  La MaMa.  Performances now through February 4th only @ La MaMa!

La MaMa presents


Conceived by Marla Mase
Written by The Family
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
Original Score by Tomás Doncker
When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter’s anti-depressant, panic and pandemonium ensue.  A true story, this Rashomon-like black comedy (with music) presents the event from the perspectives of five family members (mom, son, daughter, and grandparents.) Full of love, humor, and feeling, The Pill is a comic and tragic mash-up of three generations' take on living and dying.

Now through February 4, 2018

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

The Downstairs @ La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter/Spring Promo Video

La MaMa | Winter Spring 2018 from La MaMa on Vimeo.

Highlights from our Winter/Spring season include:

The Pill – A Family Memoir
Conceived by Marla Mase
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand

Series of One:
A Solo Performance Festival

It’s All True
by Object Collection Theatre

time no line
by John Kelly 

Distant Observer:Tokyo/New York Correspondence
by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun

by The Assembly

bu Theodora Skipitares


10@$10 Tickets now on sale 

for all shows NOW ON SALE

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weekend With Sam: Feb 3 & 4, 2018

 Photo by John Pilson, Used with permission

La MaMa continues its season-long celebration of the life and work of Sam Shepard with WEEKEND WITH SAM, two days of readings and excerpts from Sam Shepard’s plays, prose and poetry, directed by Neil La Bute, Lois Weaver, Scott Wittman and Joel Zwick.  WEEKEND WITH SAM will be held in The Ellen Stewart Theatre, February 3 – 4, 2018.  All readings are free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm: 

Hawk Moon (features excerpts and monologues from Hawk Moon, Motel Chronicles, Tongues, Cowboy Mouth, Angel City, A Lie of the Mind, Action, Icarus’s Mother, Tooth of Crime, Curse of the Starving Glass, Days Out of Days, and Buried Child) 
Directed by Scott Wittman 

CAST: Betsy Aidem, Matthew Broderick, Phil Burke, Monk Hooper, Erin Markey, Deirdre O’Connell, John Slattery, J. Smith-Cameron and Larry Saltzman (on guitar).

Sunday, February 4 at 4 pm: 

Killer’s Head 
Directed by Lois Weaver 
CAST: Peggy Shaw 

Directed by Joel Zwick 
CAST: Harry Mann & Zack Segel 

The Rocking Chair 
Directed by Neil LaBute 
CAST: Fred Weller & Gia Crovatin

Reservations now open to La MaMa Members and open to the general public beginning Monday, January 22. 

For more info: CLICK HERE

Monday, January 8, 2018


The New York Times' Elisabeth Vincentelli reviews Split Britches' UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO):

"Planes carrying nukes, the terrifying sound of life atomized into static noise: “Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)” feels very much of the minute.
Yet the feminist duo Split Britches has spent almost two years working on its new play, which bears the 1960s aesthetic of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” rather than the totalitarian kitsch of Kim Jong-un, so you can’t accuse the company of hot-button opportunism. These theatermakers have steadfastly remained on the outer edge of the mainstream since 1980."

Read the full review HERE.


La MaMa presents


by Split Britches

January 4, 2018 - January 21, 2018

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

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Preview Video: PANORAMA


Don't miss the World Premiere of PANORAMA by Motus Theatre with Great Jones Repertory Company at La MaMa as part of the Under The Radar Festival.


La MaMa and Motus presents


Devised and Directed by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò

Dramaturgy by Erik Ehn and Daniela Nicolò

With Maura Nguyen Donohue, John Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Eugene the Poogene, Perry Yung & Zishan Ugurlu

Assistant Director: Lola Giouse
Music: Heather Paauwe
Set Design: Seung Ho Yeong
Visual Design: Bosul Kim
Video Design: CultureHub with Sangmin Chae
Technical Direction: Yarie Vazquez

Now through January 21, 2018
Thursday - Saturday at 7pm; Sundays at 2pm

The Downstairs at La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE