La MaMa Blogs: August 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The AЯTS: should we continue to advocate for the arts and cultural exchange?

Photo from the Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council highlights writer and director Kevin Doyle on their blog this month with an excerpt from his remarks at their 2017 ACC Forum: Making the Case for Cultural Exchange. This appearance included a performance by SPONSORED BY NOBODY from The AЯTS -- a show opening next month at La MaMa!
"Kevin Doyle is a writer and director whose works in film and theater bridge both artistic disciplines and cultural divides. 
In 2016, Kevin received a two-month ACC Fellowship to Bangladesh to research the garment industry and the experience of women who survived the 2012 Tazreen Fashions Factory fire. Drawing comparisons between the Tazreen fire and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Kevin is in the process of creating an interdisciplinary theater-film in collaboration with the fire’s survivors. 
Recognizing Kevin as a dedicated advocate for the arts and cultural exchange, ACC invited him to serve as a panelist at the 2017 ACC Forum: Making the Case for Cultural Exchange, and his theater company Sponsored By Nobody to perform scenes from THE AЯTS. The performance investigates the origins of the National Endowment for the Arts in relation to the current state of public arts funding in America. An incredibly timely subject, THE AЯTS will premiere its world debut at La MaMa E.T.C. (Multiple Grants, 1977-2011) from September 13 – 30, 2018. 
Kevin Doyle continues to play an integral role in advancing dialogue around the necessity of art and arts funding. In the spirit of continuing this dialogue, we’d like to share an excerpt of Kevin’s remarks from the ACC Forum."

Click here to read Kevin's remarks!

La MaMa presents


Sponsored By Nobody 
Written & Directed by Kevin Doyle 
Co-Directed by Mike Carlsen

September 13th - September 30th, 2018
$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors; $10 Tickets

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
For tickets and more information: CLICK HERE

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 Letter from Mia Yoo

A Letter from Mia Yoo, Artistic Director of La MaMa

Photo from the 2018 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall

Dear Friends,

La MaMa is an artistic community. It is this community and its artists who give us direction and shape our legacy. The artists grapple with social and political issues in their sharing of multiple perspectives and stories, shedding light on the injustices around us. The work of these artists continues to move me, and in these challenging times, there is an urgency for the questions and issues they provoke to go beyond the walls of the theatre. 

" ... more ways for artists to interface with our community and educational programs ... "

This season we explore how to generate greater impact with the artists’ work. We are creating more ways for artists in the season to interface with our community and educational programs. The content of many of the productions is being developed and devised in communities outside of the studio and outside of NYC. We will continue to expand our livestreaming program with online talkbacks, produce a podcast looking at how cultural organizations function in a city, and tour La MaMa’s projects and productions. 

" ... artists have the power to create change ... "

Strengthening our engagement with our local, national, and international communities is how I believe our artists have the power to create change. Our founder, Ellen Stewart, had a “one world” vision where we are all interconnected, and this was expressed through the art. This vision emanates from within the theatres and ultimately can go beyond its walls to reimagine how the arts can transform people and communities. 

Artistic Director

Brochure cover of Gunnar Montana in Kink Haus