La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
646.430.5374

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p



Buddha

March 2 – March 11, 2012


By Company EAST
Directed and Choreographed by ” Kenji Kawaraski”.

Seven deadly sins, the Orient version. Words, images, and performance lead the world of Buddha. An aggressive, scandalous, spiritual journey based on the Buddhist ideas of love and death and the spirit of Zen.


Monday Nights at La MaMa

February 27, 2012 at 7:30pm


La MaMa and CultureHub Presents

Featuring: Manu Delago (Björk’s percussionist and Hang player), Graduale Nobili (Bjork Choir), Peter Gordon, Kit Fitzgerald and special guests.

A mix of La MaMa veterans, newcomers, and a choir perform together in celebration of La MaMa’s 50th Season with video, saxophones, synthesize and sitar.

Manu Delago was born in Tyrol, Innsbruck, and took music lessons as a child in accordion and piano. As a 14-year-old, he played drums for various rock bands, and in 2003 his rock band HotchPotch won the Austrian Band Contest. During the same period, Delago was also drumming for Austrian pop idol Starmania winner Michael Tschuggnall. After graduating from the Mozarteum, Innsbruck, in classical percussion, Delago moved to London and studied jazz drums at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, beginning his focus on the Swiss instrument Hang. He took arranging and orchestration lessons with Scott Stroman and Matthew King which led him to study composition at the Trinity College of Music in London. After completing his studies, he worked as a composer, ensemble leader and musician. Since 2007 he has performed internationally in more than twenty countries on five continents and provided music for film. Manu Delago is the percussionist and hand player for the Björk Biophilia residencies in 2011 and has performed in Manchester and Reykjavík. http://www.manudelago.com/

Graduale Nobili was founded in the autumn of 2000. The choir comprises 24 girls who have been selected from among those who have sung with the Langholtskirkja Graduale Choir. All the members of the choir have pursued musical studies, and many aim for a career in music. The choir was immediately well received and after its first independent concert, critics heaped praise upon the new choir. “I declare that no Icelandic choir has sprung up fully-formed at its first concert like Jón Stefánsson’s new girls’ choir. This is not lightly said, but here everything came together: vocal discipline was perfect, the quality of the voices indisputable, and musical singing far more polished than one is accustomed to. These girls were, literally, wonderful.” (Morgunblaðið review, Bergþóra Jónsdóttir) The choir participated in the European Youth Choirs Competition at Kalundborg, Denmark, in April 2001, where it was placed second. The choir’s conductor from it’s foundation has been Jón Stefánsson.

Peter Gordon is an American experimental composer and musician, whose music draws from influences as diverse as jazz, opera, rock and world music. He has released several albums, and has also composed film and theatre scores. Gordon earned a BA in composition at University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Kenneth Gaburo and Roger Reynolds; he earned an MFA at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, where he studied with Robert Ashley and Terry Riley. In addition to his own work, and that with his Love of Life Orchestra, he has appeared on or composed music for albums by Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, David Johansen, The Flying Lizards, David Van Tieghem, Lawrence Weiner, and Arthur Russell. In 2008 an excerpt of his opera (with artist Lawrence Weiner) “The Society Architect Ponders the Golden Gate Bridge” was issued on the compilation album Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records) produced by Mendi + Keith Obadike. Most recently, Gordon wrote the scores for the serial mystery drama “The Necklace”, presented by The Talking Band. He also worked on the soundtrack to Desperate Housewives. Peter Gordon currently resides in New Rochelle, New York. In 2007, James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem used Gordon’s classic Downtown tracks “Beginning of the Heartbreak” and “Don’t Don’t” to open their highly-acclaimed dance mix Fabriclive 36. In 2010, DFA Records released remixes by Gordon of “Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don’t Don’t” and “That Hat,” cowritten with Arthur Russell. petergordon.com

Peter Gordon with Kit Fitzgerald's art work

Kit Fitzgerald Combining what she terms the “cool, electronic art of video and the warmer, naturalist arts of painting and music,” Kit Fitzgerald creates gestural works that suggest vibrant moving canvases. Working with the Fairlight Computer Video Instrument (CVI), Fitzgerald generates and orchestrates imagery in real time, creating vivid compositions of color, form, light, time, and sound that unfold by the artist’s hand. Since 1985, she has applied this technique of improvisational “video painting” to live music/video performances with musicians, including Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Max Roach. Fitzgerald trained as a painter, and her video drawings, with their lush palettes and rich textures made kinetic by electronic manipulation, display an evocative visual sensibility. Modelling her pictorial aesthetic on musical composition, she builds visual rhythm through theme and variations. Her tactile manipulation of the medium — the physicality of the gesture — results in what she terms “technology with a humanness.” Prior to her work with the Fairlight CVI, Fitzgerald won acclaim for her innovative body of video works produced in collaboration with John Sanborn. Fitzgerald is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Program. She was artist-in-residence at the Television Laboratory at WNET/Thirteen from 1977 to 1982, and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980. She was a 1989 Fellow of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women. Fitzgerald’s work has been broadcast around the world, and exhibited at festivals and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Gallery Watari, Tokyo; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Bonn Videonale; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She lives in New York.


Black History Month

February 20, 2012 at 8pm


Levern Williams


Levern, known as Levern Williams the Entertainer a versatile performing artist/Jazz stylist; has been compared to Nat King Cole by critics; “Levern flaunts a unique, exuberant style that is undoubtedly his own”, they added.

Levern’s performance repertoire includes: appearances at Jazz at the Crypt-NYC, Cleopatra’s Needle-NYC, Londel’s Restaurant and super Club-NYC and La Mama; film (Cotton Club, Times Square, and The Wiz); Broadway (Tremonisha -Scott Joplin’, Selma and Camoflague); and has toured internationally with stops in Western Africa (inter- continental Hotels); Paris, France (Inter-continental Hotels); South America, México, Panamá and Brazil.

Tevin Thomas


Tevin Thomas, A talented producer, songwriter and keyboard artist, could easily make music his fulltime career. But this educator, who works mostly with autistic students, is passionate about teaching and as a teacher, has joined a select group of musicians who have been nominated for an Academy Award. Tevin Thomas co-wrote song “Raise it Up,” from the movie August Rush, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 2007.

A bit of a child musical prodigy, Thomas recalls his first gig, playing at age 14 in a small jazz band at a Tulsa YMCA with Robert and Charlie Wilson. Tevin has played keyboard “all over the world” with the likes of flautist Bobbi Humphrey; the rhythm-and-blues hitmaker Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Ornette Coleman, the godfather of avant-garde jazz. Tevin has worked with or performed in concerts with a host of artist including: 802, Aisha Wonder, Ashford and Simpson, Bloodstone, Craig Harris, Dionne Warwick, Gary Bartz, Gary Byrd, Impact Repertory Theatre, Jay-Z, Jeff Redd, Mary J. Blige, Nile Rodgers, Reverend Run, Roberta Flack.


Erosion: A Fable

February 17 – February 26, 2012


By Loom Ensemble

Friday at 10pm
Saturday at 5:30pm & 10pm
Sunday at 5:30pm

Loom is a 10 person ensemble that weaves together full-body movement, dense vocal harmonies, and text-based storytelling to make lush, vibrant ensemble performances. At its core, our mission is to use equal parts dance, music and theatre to nourish a sense of basic delight in our selves and our audiences.

In “Erosion: a Fable,” we see the familiar world of corporate desk jobs through a surprising aesthetic lens. A homeless woman and a mid-level office exec begin selling dirt on the street and calling it Love. In this LaMama 50th Anniversary Season Premeire, Loom uses their signature palette of athletic dances, intricate vocal compositions, and traditional storytelling techniques to stage a story of corporate competition, environmental catastrophe and personal transformation.

Find out more at www.LoomEnsemble.com


Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson (#106)

February 11, 2012 at 3pm


Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960’s through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.”

Richard Morrison, Larry Mitchell, and Michael Kasino’s documentary, Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson, features exclusive interviews with Marsha P. Johnson, Randolfe Wicker, Taylor Mead, Agosto Machado, and many Stonewall veterans, and they examine Marsha’s life and times, as well as her important legacy.  Soundtrack featuring the music of Antony and the Johnsons.


I Killed My Mother

February 10 – March 4, 2012


By András Visky
Directed by Karin Coonrod
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm, Except Sunday, February 12 at 8pm
Panel discussion on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm

This play tells the story of a Romanian Roma (gypsy) girl whose mother abandons her after birth. With the help of her childhood soul-mate she learns to navigate the harsh realities of her existence and to excise parasitic relationships, to “kill,” to turn her back forever even on the maternal bond, in order to discover her own extraordinary identity. Karin Coonrod directs this powerful play by Andras Visky, which recently won the Special Award at the Romanian Minorities Festival and received a critically acclaimed run in Chicago with Theatre Y.


You, My Mother

February 9 – February 20, 2012


Directed by Brooke O’Harra
Performed by Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm
Also, Saturdays, Feb 11 & 18 at 2:30pm
Monday, Feb 20 at 7:30pm

Playwrights Kristen Kosmas and Karinne Keithley Syers teamed up with new music composers Brendan Connelly and Rick Burkhardt to develop this original opera that explores the complex evolution of relationships between adult children and their mothers. Featuring Beth Griffiths, Laryssa Husiak, Mike Mikos, Kate Soper, and live music by the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire (augmented by strings). www.twoheadedcalf.org and www.yarnwire.org


Three La MaMa Playwrights: Fornes, Shepard & Wilson

February 2 – February 12, 2012


Thursday – Saturday at 10pm
Sunday at 5:30pm

Presented by La MaMa in Association with the Performing Arts Students, Pace University, NYC

In honor of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary, Pace University’s Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) celebrate La MaMa’s “Homecomings” season with a tribute to three playwrights who called La MaMa their early home: Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard and Lanford Wilson.

These three one-acts are meant to continue Ellen Stewart’s legacy of “Welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre.”

“The Conduct of Life” by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Ruis Woertendyke
“Action” by Sam Shepard, directed by Grant Kretchik
“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson, directed by Cosmin Chivu

“The Conduct of Life” tells the harrowing story of a Latin American wife who discovers her husband is a child rapist and torturer when he brings his victim and torture into their personal and private life. The play is directed by Ruis Woertendyke and features Kahlil Gonzalez-Garcia, Lilah Shreeve, Jason Joseph, Julie Robles, Polina Ionina.

In “Action” four friends confront the circumstances that force them together and the “action” that force them apart as they wait for the end of the world and the beginning of time. Symbolic, absurd and humanizing “Action” propels its characters into a disturbing one-act journey. Directed by Grant Kretchik, with Xavier Reminick, Ian Cherry, Gina DeMay, Emily Asaro. A.D. Delaney Yeager

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson evokes the panorama of a young man’s life-birth, army service, marriage, job, parenthood, old age-within the brief span of its action. Highly innovative in its theatricality, the play illuminates not only the continuity of human life, but also the poignancy and bitterness which can infuse it. Directed by Cosmin Chivu, co-directed by Chad Chenail; with: Niko Papastefanou, Spencer Bazzano, Lauren Morra, Nicole Madriz, Turquoise Olezene, Courtney Taylor, Kaleb Wells, Matthew Curiano, and Patrick Pribyl. Stage manager Lizzy Caplan

Set Design: Jeffrey Perri
Costume Design: Megan Smith


Shadow

February 2 – February 5, 2012


Curated and directed by George Ferencz

A festival of concert play readings celebrating Black History Month.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm

HANNA ELIAS

by Nathan Ross Freeman

During late 19th century Hannah, a legendary Enchantress to wealthy white businessmen, became involved in scandal and murder.
Directed by George Ferencz.
Featuring Richarda Abrams, Brittney Benson, Cam Kordman, Jason Marx, Chuck Montgomery, John Andrew Morrison, Juliet O’Brien, Stu Richel and Brent Yoshikami

Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7:30pm

SAFE HOUSE

by Keith Josef Adkins

1843. Kentucky. A free family of color risk everything to help a slave escape to Liberia. The consequences? Their freedom and their lives.
Directed by Jasper McGruder
Featuring James Edward Becton, Deadria Harrington, Jonathan Hooks, Timothy Klein, Sharon McGruder, Chenana Manno & Leah Pearson

Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 7:30pm

SWEET MERCY

by Melody Cooper

An African-American general’s niece is getting married but the military wedding is disrupted by the ghosts of Rwanda.
Directed by Melissa Maxwell
Featuring Erin Cherry, Brian D. Coats, Marcus Carl Franklin, Larry Floyd, Gillian Glasco, Bruce A Lemon, Robert G. McKay, Melissa Murray-Mutch & Anni Weisband

Sunday,  February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm

JUMP JIM CROW

by Henry Meyerson

Jump Jim Crow may have started as an innocent shuffle dance in the vaudeville houses of mid-19th century New York, but this dance became the rationalization for Jim Crow laws throughout the United States.
Directed by George Ferencz
Featuring Jack Luceno, John-Andrew Morrison & Chris Zorker