La MaMa Blogs: January 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

6 Questions: Eimi Imanishi

1.) How did you get involved with Sean and Lilac Co.?
Funnily enough I met Sean on ArtCube when I responded to an ad he had posted there for an assistant director. Turns out we have a mutual friend who had seen a previous Magic Agency Chapter and because they had loved the show and because I was curious to experience a theatre production (I come from film primarily), I decided to work on this show. 

2.) What have you learned through working on this piece?
Theatre is so different from film!  In some ways it is easier, and in some ways harder. I am a writer/director in the film medium and have enjoyed learning about the different elements in directing actors for the stage. Acting on stage is much more physical and fearless. There isn't the safety of 'try it different ways and edit it in post' that film has. 

3.) Who has influenced your work?
I am influenced by Claire Denis, Yasujirō Ozu, Ciro Guerra, Bahram Beyzai, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Henri Rousseau,  and recently Tala Madani. 

4.) If you weren't working in theatre, what do you think you'd like to do?
I normally don't work in theatre, but I think I'd like to find more opportunities to do so.

5.) What was the last good book you read?
non-fiction: Akira Kurosawa's autobiography.  fiction: Lynne Tillman's Motion Sickness.

6.) What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
Well, one can't help but feel a little special to be a part of such an establishment.  But aside, I have spent a few days here now setting up and rehearsing, and really love the atmosphere of the place.  The administrators and technicians here remind me of the tutors and technicians I had at art school in London - creative problem solvers, people who think outside the box, whose actions are political and non capitalistic. 

January 31 - February 03, 2019
Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]Run Time: 55 Minutes (No Intermission)

For Tickets Click HERE

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Check Out: Magic Agency Promo Video

In The Magic Agency, a group (cult?) performs psychic recoveries of fragmented people as party entertainment, helping people rescue their “lost selves.”
From Sean Edward Lewis / Lilac Co, a Brooklyn, NY based experimental theatre, the work has been shown and presented in abandoned storefronts, church basements, the Polish National Home, Dixon Place, The Tank, Saint Vitus, Zebulan, D.I.Y. spots throughout New York City and Los Angeles, Joe’s Pub, The Roy Hart Institute (Malérargues,Fr), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival (2014 Paris, France), The Collapsable Hole, The Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival (2016), The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (2014).

La MaMa presents

The Magic Agency | 
Chapter 6: Behind The Red Curtain

January 31 - February 3, 2019
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 5pm

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

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

Monday, January 28, 2019

AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND to play New Victory Theater

Photo by Theo Cote

IBEX Puppetry's AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND, seen at La MaMa in February 2018, returns to New York City to play The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street.

Visionary puppetry artist Heather Henson and Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe bring together an ensemble of North American First Nations Peoples to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration south. Indigenous songs, languages, and dance weave together in a spectacle of artistry to create this affecting fable about the dangerous effects of climate change on animals and our Mother Earth. With puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop and music by Ty Defoe, Grammy nominee Dawn Avery and Kevin Tarrant of The SilverCloud Singers, AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND takes flight in a celebration of the natural world.

Don't miss your chance to see this amazing show once again.

Photo by Theo Cote


An IBEX Puppetry Production
Directed by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson

March 1 - 10, 2019

The New Victory Theater 

229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036 

Tickets & Info: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

600 HIGHWAYMEN'S "The Fever" on sale January 31st!

La MaMa is excited to have The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN at The Ellen Stewart Theatre as part of Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming. The Fever runs April 11 - April 21, 2019.     

The Fever tests the limits of an individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another. Returning from its debut in Under the Radar, performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever examines how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us.

Tickets are $35 and are now on sale to La MaMa and Public Theatre Members.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 31 at 2pm.

For more info about The Fever: CLICK HERE

For More info about Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming: CLICK HERE

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Friday, January 18, 2019

6 Questions: Sean Lewis

1. How would you describe the show in your own words?
For me it's the mix of the intensely personal mixed with the super broad topics of 'dystopia' and 'cult' and 'genre' - this project has been for me about going as hard as I can into story and genre and thinking like I'm writing a tv show - not because that is my goal but that helps me dislodge the trap of trying to write the next great play, and we can just get on with working and the tasks in front of us.

2. How does this show intersect with the other MAGIC AGENCY pieces you've done?
The work is chaptered and episodic, as opposed to serialized. You come in anywhere and get a complete experience. That said this will be the sixth hour of content (maybe more) we have created and shown throughout the city since June 2017. This one is proving to be blast and it is to me the introduction of the star Unique Jenkins. When we met to read and see if she was right it was so confounding and wonderful for me. She just flipped the script and I haven't looked back. You gotta see it and see her!

3. What role does the cult play in this series?
Well I grew up in California in the 70s so somehow these issues are near me. I watched the Jim Jones movie on tv with Powers Booth and it scared the hell out of me, and went when I was real young to a very cult-y church that I stopped going to at 12 (Joseph Smith Mormons) when they asked me for money to build the spiral temple. I remember sitting on the couch looking at the men asking me and I was pained not to laugh. So you know its fun! It is the collision of the good and the bad. these people come together for reasons that are human reason- warmth and comfort and loneliness etc., so it's a great human place. Everyone gets it I think. Certainly Americans

4. Where does the name Lilac come from?
The first piece I did in NYC was a work called "Just Another Cowboy in Steinland" the work performed in its entirety and as written / in order ROOMs by Gertrude Stein from Tender Buttons. There is a line in the piece "Nothing aiming is a flower, if flowers are abundant then they are lilac, if they are not they are white in the centre."  It bounces in my mind constantly today. I knew that was the name. For a while we coupled it with St. Johns (the church we made plays in in Brooklyn).

5. What has it been like working with Unique Jenkins?
Amazing. She teaches me something daily. So on point and the way she shows up for the work is inspiring

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
Going home. Being able to breath. Being myself

January 31 - February 03, 2019
Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]Run Time: 55 Minutes (No Intermission)

For Tickets Click HERE

6 Questions: Unique Jenkins

1. How would you describe the show in your own words?

An Eklectic theatrical experience 

2. How is this show different from other shows you've performed in?

Definitely takes the top spot for outside the box shows that I've done. I have done an abstract movement piece before, but it was a 10min piece that had little dialogue. I usually do plays and film where it's not as abstract. So this is definitely fun.

3. What inspiration do you draw from for your character in the show?

I draw from Metropolis and Westworld. Also just observing the world we live in. Westworld definitely gives me this type of Magic Agency vibe. Especially  for my character, where she is going back and fourth with her current self and future self. 

4. What has it been like working with Sean?

It's been truly amazing. His specificity is everything 

5. Do you have a favorite line from the play?

Yes. "God talked to me at breakfast and told me I needed to tell you certain things"

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

It means everything. It's truly a blessing. Recently moved from Los Angeles to continue  to pursue my acting career here in New York, and it's truly been a blessing. Performing at La Mama is a dream come true!!!

January 31 - February 03, 2019
Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]Run Time: 55 Minutes (No Intermission)

For Tickets Click HERE

Thursday, January 17, 2019

La MaMa in the News

Oscar Perry Abello writes about La MaMa's Capital Project to renovate the historic 74 East 4th Street theaters:

"Phase one of the capital campaign involves a $17-million renovation of La MaMa’s building at 74 E. 4th Street, its first permanent home, which Ellen Stewart acquired in 1967. Most of the current 10,500 square-foot structure dates to 1873 and some parts of the building are much older than that. The cost covers a restoration of the façade to its original appearance, a completely new first-floor lobby, a revamped club-style second floor theater, and a conversion of the third and fourth floors (which once housed the theater company’s offices as well as Stewart’s personal residence) into indoor and outdoor spaces for youth and community programming. A new elevator and other tweaks will make the building 100-percent compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act."

"...this particular block of East Fourth Street has found ways to defend itself against the dark arts of real estate investors."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 La MaMa Meet-Ups Scheduled!

Every season, La MaMa holds Meet-Ups for artists to meet with La MaMa Curators to talk and pitch ideas.  Each Meet-up lasts for 15 minutes and artists can bring work samples, or just chat with curators in the areas of: Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, Poetry, Kids Performance, Puppetry and Play Readings!

The next La MaMa Meet-Ups will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 2pm - 4pm in the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa.

Reservations are required and they book quickly so reserve your space now!

Click here for more info and to reserve a space:  CLICK HERE

Friday, January 4, 2019

La MaMa Alumni are Working (It) this January!

It's January and festival season here in New York and lots of La MaMa Alumni are working (it) all over the city.  

Here's a sample:

James & Jerome, who were seen at La MaMa with their show Piano Tales (November 2016), are performing their newest site-specific new piece, INK: a piece for museums, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this weekend as part of the 2019 Under The Radar Festival.

INK: a piece for museums
January 5-6, 2019
part of the 2019 Under The Radar Festival
For Tickets & Info: Click Here


Peter Mills Weiss (La MaMa Alum from 2015 with MAKE PEOPLE Parts 1 & 2) has created a new work with and Julia Mounsey.  Titled: [50/50] old school animation, the piece flirts with the horrific and dips into the surreal and is also  being performed as part of the 2019 Under The Radar Festival. 

[50/50] old school animation
January 4 - 13, 2019
part of the 2019 Under The Radar Festival
For Tickets & Info: Click Here


Jesse Freedman and  Meta-Phys Ed.’s THE TALMUD is a genre-bending performance that will premiere at The Exponential Festival at The Doxsee in Brooklyn.  Based on the Talmud and Kung-Fu films, THE TALMUD is about the transmission of ancient traditions and sacred wisdom across generations; from teacher to student and master to disciple.  Meta-Phys Ed was last seen at La MaMa with Jew vs. Malta in 2016. 

January 10-13, 2019
part of the 2019 Exponential Festival
For Tickets & Info: Click Here


Also part of the Exponential Festival, performer Chris Ignacio (seen at La MaMa in works by Theodora Skipitares, Loco 7 and more) will appear in What Holds Heat's very intimate Duet-ed at Vital Joint, every Friday in January (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 12pm - 6pm - six consecutive hour-long performances, starting at the top of each hour. Duet-ed Friday in January (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 12pm - 6pm

part of the 2019 Exponential Festival

For Tickets & Info: Click Here 

And John Gutierrez (seen at La MaMa in Conquest of the Universe, Pylade and CultureHub's Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi) is performing in This Bridge Called My Ass at The Chocolate Factory as part of American Realness. In the piece, six Latinx performers map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials and sound. This Bridge Called My Ass January 9 - 19, 2019 part of American Realness For Tickets & Info: Click Here

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spend 2019 at La MaMa!

“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.” 
-Mia Yoo, Artistic Director

We are pleased to announce new performances through June 2019! 

Brooklyn United Live! is a high-octane, one-of-a-kind drum and dance corps
comprised of 33 Brooklyn public school youngsters ages 5 to 17

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