Springtime in Nickyland

April 07 - April 08, 2018

Curated & Hosted by Nicky Paraiso In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and host Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret.  A cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal salón or safe place, […]

Series of One: Finding Fellini

February 17 - February 23, 2018

Written and performed by Megan Metrikin Directed and Designed by Guy De Lancey Dramaturgy by Jack Feldstein Created in Workshop under Direction of Carol Kaplan 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 […]

Series of One: Mermaids Howl

February 15 - February 25, 2018

Written, Directed & Performed by Marina Celander Mermaid’s Howl 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. […]

It’s All True

February 08 - February 25, 2018

By Object Collection Written and Directed by Kara Feely Composed by Travis Just It’s All True is an opera-in-suspension based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi. An obsessive leap into 1500 hours of gig detritus made from only incidental text and sounds, none of Fugazi’s actual songs. An ear-body-and-mind-flossing: overloaded, maddening, […]

Ajijaak on Turtle Island

February 08 - February 18, 2018

An IBEX Puppetry Production Directed by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaak undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaak must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along […]

Series of One: You Can Never Go Down The Drain

February 03 - February 09, 2018

You Can Never Go Down The Drain: a Musical Children’s Program for Adults in 2018 Created by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Written and Performed by John Jarboe 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 […]

Series of One: Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth)

February 01 - February 11, 2018

World Premiere Written and Performed by Blake Sugarman Directed by Jacob Sexton Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth) is​ ​an​ ​investigative​ ​piece​ ​which 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.​ […]

Weekend With Sam

February 03 - February 04, 2018

Readings and Excerpts from Sam Shepard’s Plays, Prose And Poetry Directed By Neil La Bute, Lois Weaver, Scott Wittman and Joel Zwick American playwright, actor, author, and director, Sam Shepard, who died on July 27, 2017, was a prominent playwright whose work spanned decades. Sam did much of his early work at La MaMa and was […]

Series of One: A Solo Performance Festival

February 01 - February 25, 2018

Curated by Nicky Paraiso A Series of One is a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances presented at La MaMa during our 56th season, which is 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 […]

The Mercy Suite: The Songs of Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker

January 30

In late 2007, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa came together with his close friend,  No wave guitar hero and Global Soul Music creator Tomás Doncker, for the musical masterpiece The Mercy Suite. Featuring a Gorillaz like list of featured artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Chocolate Genius, and Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, “The Mercy Suite”  […]