It’s All True

February 8, 2018 - 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 8, 2018 - 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 3, 2018 - February 9, 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 1, 2018 - 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 3, 2018 - February 4, 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 1, 2018 - 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, 2018

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”  […]

The Pill – A Family Memoir

January 25, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Conceived by Marla Mase Written by The Family Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand Original Score by Tomás Doncker When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter’s anti-depressant, panic and pandemonium ensue.  A true story, this Rashomon-like black comedy (with music) presents the event from the perspectives of five family members (mom, son, daughter, and grandparents.) Full […]

Liliʻu: Tribute to a Queen

January 16, 2018

By PUA ALIʻI ʻILIMA On the eve of the 125th Anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani, PAʻI Foundation brings together artists from Honolulu and New York City to present an evening of mele (songs), oli (chants), hula (dance) and moʻolelo (stories) composed by and for the last Queen of Hawaiʻi. An accomplished musician, vocalist, choral […]

La MaMa Family Show

December 20, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 7pm – 9pm A no-holds-barred, salon-style group show! Artists and staff from throughout the institution’s 56 year-history exhibit their work in the annual La MaMa family show. With artists from across generations, and art in every medium, the exhibition is a vibrant celebration of La MaMa’s spirit and […]