7:30pm | Tuesday – Saturday
2:30pm | Sunday
La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre is located at 66 East 4th Street, on the second floor.
7:30pm | Tuesday – Saturday
2:30pm | Sunday
★ OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OBIE AWARD ★
Lee Breuer is “a wizard-director, an alchemist who blends ideas, genres, styles, texts and technologies to make new kinds of theater.”
- The New York Times
“A comic spectacle… an acid-trip collage of philosophy, mythology, and lyric poetry.”
- The New York Times (about part 2)
Co-presenters La MaMa ETC and St. Ann’s Warehouse, and producers piece by piece productions, Mabou Mines and Dovetail Productions—all ardent and longtime supporters of Lee Breuer, the “bad boy of avant-garde theater” (Village Voice)—unite for Breuer’s epic magnum opus La Divina Caricatura. The mixed-media pop-opera completes Breuer’s Animations series and draws on material that stretches all the way back to Breuer’s doo-wop opera Sister Suzie Cinema, first conceived as a poem in 1975.
At the center of La Divina Caricatura is an unlikely lead character: a dog named Rose, who is making a Dantean pilgrimage to love and, hopefully, Paradiso. Lincoln Schleifer’s music and arrangements incorporate the work of Bob Telson and John Margolis and covers a stunning array of styles, from 1950s doo-wop and 1960s soul to Argentinian tango, raga, reggae, rap, Gregorian chant and French folk tunes. The Brooklyn Rail has said, “The staging of La Divina Caricatura closely reflects the traditional performance of Bunraku puppetry. However, Divina is directed as an animated, epic movie, based on the narrative structure of Monzaemon’s Bunraku plays, which in turn closely mirror the structure of feature films.”
Additional Music by Bob Telson | Puppetry by Jessica Scott | Video by Eamonn Farrell | Rose, puppet and photo by Julie Archer
SINGERS: Bernardine Mitchell (Rose), John Margolis (John)
AUDIO PERFORMANCES: Roy Bennett, Maxine Brown, Beverly Crosby, Daniel K. Isaac, Karen Kandel, Paul Kandel, Sherryl Marshall, Greg Mehrten, Maude Mitchell, Ben Odom, Terry O’Reilly, Gene Stewart, and Lee Williams.
PUPPETEERS: Jessica Scott, Emily Decola, Kate Brehm, Tom Lee, Marta Mozelle Macrostie, Eric Avery, Stefano Brancato, Amanda Villalobos, Jessica Weinstein, Sarah Provost, Terry O’Reilly, Kelley Selnick, Katie Melby, Jessica Simon, Brendan McMahon
PUPPET & MASK DESIGN: Rose and Sri Moo – Julie Archer | John and Suli – Eric Novak | Porco, Bulgakov, Sheepish and “The Original Poppers” – Jessica Scott | Broadway – Emily DeCola
SCENIC: Scenic Design by Alison Yerxa | Turntable design by Mike Vandercook, based on an original design by Julie Archer created for An Epidog | Screen based on a design by Basil Twist created for Tramway Nomme Desir
MUSIC: Music Composed and Arranged by Lincoln Schleifer | Music Direction Lincoln Schleifer | Music for “Sister Suli Cinema,” “Lemon Ice,” and “Show Me Your Face” by Bob Telson | “John and Suli’s Music” by John Margolis
LIGHTING DESIGN: Jason Boyd
CHOREOGRAPHY & VIDEO DESIGN: Eamonn Farrell
SOUND DESIGN: Ron Lorman
COSTUMES: Jesse Harris
PUPPETRY DIRECTOR: Jessica Scott
ASSISTANT PUPPETRY DIRECTOR: Lindsay Abromaitis Smith
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER: Dodd Loomis
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Joseph Silovsky
STAGE MANAGER: Nicole Press
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Melissa Shaw
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER: Sharon Levy, Dovetail Productions
*contains adult themes and language; recommended for audiences ages 14+
The premiere is very loosely based on E.T. Hoffman’s Nutcracker, set in the East Village, with the urban theme of Post traumatic stress and the joy of being alive. Two main characters: — A War Vet and an elementary school student –travel the familiar streets and locations in the Tompkins Square Park area and meet characters of all sorts.
Co-presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and La MaMa, by Lola Arias (Argentina/Chile)
With the youthful energy of a new generation, and bolstered by original live music, eleven Chileans born under Pinochet’s dictatorship take to the stage to reconcile a collective history. Somewhere between stunt doubles and historians, they don their parents’ clothes and reconstruct their past from photos, letters, and recordings in this raw and honest act of storytelling.
Presented by La MaMa as part of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival
Company Philippe Saire (Switzerland)
Evoking a strong sense of unexpected loss, Black Out examines the fragility of existence as well as the serendipity of life. We watch, from above, as thousands of black granulated fragments transform the dancers’ world into a moving, pictorial composition, that jars as it shifts in response to the light, sound, and movement. A work that contemplates the randomness of mortality in a world of genocide, disease, epidemics, and senseless violence.