La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre is located at 66 East 4th Street, on the second floor.
By Monk Parrots
March 12 – March 30, 2014
7:30pm | Thursdays – Fridays – Saturdays
2:30pm | Sundays
Preview Performances: 3/12 – 3/13 – 3/14
***A special benefit performance on Thursday, March 20. Please see below
Commissioned and produced by Monk Parrots (New York)
Concept, Direction, Production Design by Luke Leonard | Libretto by Kirk Lynn | Music by Peter Stopschinski
“(The intrepid) Monk Parrots and their work are, thankfully, here to stay.”
– David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited
This world premiere opera celebrates the improbable life of Bum Phillips, a National Football League legend and American icon. Inspired by Phillips’ motivational skills and homespun principles, this epic portrait of Bum Phillips pushes the boundaries of where and for whom opera is staged. This new work from Monk Parrots features composition from Peter Stopschinski and a libretto by Kirk Lynn, both members of the award-winning theatre collective Rude Mechanicals
***On March 20th, Monk Parrots invites you to get in to the ‘Luv Ya Blue’ spirit and join us for a special benefit performance of Bum Phillips
Ellen Stewart Theatre Lobby
All-American Opera. Your $50 ticket will provide you a seat to the production, as well as: an exclusive, pre-show reception at Ellen Stewart Theatre Lobby, a Q&A with the creative team, cast, and a post-show celebration featuring special guests: Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini, offensive lineman Lawrence Harris, NFL coach and son of Bum Wade Phillips and other special guests TBA. Click here to buy tickets
Supported by Bum Phillips Charities, Drift Studio NYC, La MaMa ETC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residency, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from Lower Manhattan Community Council, Monk Parrots patrons via Hatchfund, Opera Moderne, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University
Photo credit: Nathan Johnson, Drift Studio NYC / Bum Philips solo photo: Luke Leonard
By DJ Spooky
April 10 – April 13, 2014
Seoul Counterpoint is an audio/visual anthropology, a breathing composition that juxtaposes the diverse landscapes, histories and sonic cultures of Seoul and New York. DJ Spooky’s unique style of “turntableism,” traditional Korean elements, robotics and computer-generated visuals by CultureHub collide in the New York premiere of the project developed during a two month residency at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.
By Zishan Ugurlu
April 17 – April 20, 2014
Conceived and Directed by Zishan Ugurlu
After Horace McCoy’s novel, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
featuring students from Eugene Lang College, The New School University for Liberal Arts
Marathon Dancing – Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense portrays the grueling and competitive world of 1930s dance marathons and parallels today’s exploitative reality show culture, framed by the current economic crisis. Marathon Dancing features letters written to bank executives by angered individuals, read live by the writers themselves, bringing to light the brutal effects of the economic collapse of 2008.
April 24 – April 27, 2014
A story of displacement and return interwoven into the third chapter of Darangen, an epic song cycle from Mindanao, Philippines, shared by the Maranao, Maguindanao and Iranun tribes. Pagbabalik is a visually stunning work that examines the past and its continued relevance in today’s society, using dance, live music and chants to discover how identity is broken and fractured by greed and corrupting power and the final reclaiming of the strength of renewal.
May 1 – May 4, 2014
The French dubbed their colonies “Le Confetti” as if they were merely a place to party, but the rich musical heritage from Guadeloupe, Haiti, La Reunion and Martinique show deep roots and magical connection that go well beyond confetti. Le Confetti Jazz Festival is a fusion of French and Caribbean musicians, featuring Jacques Schwarz- Bart, creating unique crossover sounds destined to inspire conversations about race, politics and musical methodology.
May 22 – June 8, 2014
by Skysaver Productions
Conceived and Directed by Theodora Skipitares
Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs, Theodora Skipitares creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars.
January 28 – February 23, 2014
January 9 – January 12, 2014
January 8 – January 13, 2014
January 3 – January 5, 2014
December 6 – December 22, 2013