La MaMa Blogs: 6 Questions: Layla Khosh

Thursday, April 12, 2018

6 Questions: Layla Khosh

It's Layla Khosh's turn at our 6 Questions. Layla talks about her role in SEAGULLMACHINE, Chekhov and working at La MaMa. SEAGULLMACHINE begins performances this Saturday, April 14th and now runs through May 5th (we just added three additional performances). Seating is limited, so get your tickets now.

1. Who do you play in SEAGULLMACHINE?
Nina Zarechnaya (plus another version of her and myself that's birthed from The Assembly's interpretation of Heiner's interpretation of Hamlet and theater at large and the world at large).

2. The play asks “What’s the good of making theater anyway?” How would you answer that?
I'm not sure what the good of it is. Entertainment? Stories unite us. Tradition unites us. There's a particular emphasis on connection in the whole project of theater making that's at once intellectual, emotional, and, most gratifyingly for me, physical. A great deal of effort goes into it, perhaps just for the purpose of declaring our aliveness. In that way it's a celebration of humanity. More? Maybe this show will inform me too.

3. Do you have a preference: Anton Chekhov or Heiner Müller?
Chekhov, because I get to apply my self and my own experience. His work is straight-forward, unmistakably human, and considered for action. Heiner Müller is interesting in a different way; his work seems to live outside of consciousness. So you do it, and then you learn what it means. And the meaning always changes. Performing something so unbound opens one up to a rare and special type of information. The chaos of that embraces and confronts the human condition in a very raw way.

4. Do you have a “dream role” or a favorite role you've played?
Dream Role: Probably Hedda Gabler, because she is so incredibly out there. Her motives are deeply odd and personal. She's a killer.

5. What is the last good book/play/film/art exhibit you’ve seen/read?
The last thing I've seen that meant a great, great deal to me was Toni Erdmann.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
I'm honored to work in a space with such a glorious and powerful history. Perhaps the spirit of Ellen Stewart will move me to do something great.


La MaMa in association with
The Assembly presents 

Created by The Assembly 
Conceived by Nick Benacerraf 
Co-directed by Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf 
Text by Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, and The Assembly 

 April 14 - May 5, 2018 

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

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors; first ten tickets to every performance available for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative 

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

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