La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

74A East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

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

La MaMa’s The Club is located at 74A East 4th Street, on the 2nd Floor.

Poetry Electric - Poetry Reading Series

Poetry Electric Solo Female Performance Festival

April 21 – April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014
Each show $10, Buy $20 package to see all 3 shows!

performed by Nikaury Rodriguez, written by Marilyn Torres
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Sandra is forever changed when an event at Target lands her in therapy. She’s forced to go back and face what’s been ailing her, her whole life.

written and directed by Macah Coates
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This is a 9 character sketch comedy, that takes you on a randomly ridiculous ride of over the top people and situations, all using the body of one actor. It is loosely and sometimes not so loosely based on many of the real people Macah has come into contact with while living in NYC. And if you keep your eyes open for a week while going to various places on this island you may be able to point some out as you walk down the streets, or ride on the bus and subway, or parks, or nearly any public place.

written and directed by Clea Rivera
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Clea Rivera, creator of eccentric French chef, Michelle Cassis, and solo show, Food Of Life, is back with a new character, in No Vacancy. Meet Betty Lou Gerber from Daleville, owner of the Bed and Breakfast establishment, the Weeping Willow Inn. Betty Lou lives by her own set of rules, in a fantasy world. Explore with her the circumstances that propel her out of her small town life into a whole new adventure, and the motley crew of characters she meets along the way. Directed by Sara Berg.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Each show $10, Buy $20 package to see all 3 shows!

written and performed by Aja Nisenson, piano by Gary Schreiner
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One 20-something female. A shrink with the name of male genitalia. 12 therapists of her past and present. A comedic and honest look at why I believe in the power of therapy… for other people.

written & performed by Melissa Murray
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What happens when old friends who become new mothers get together for a play date in the park? Things can only get obnoxious. Melissa Murray embodies the good, the band and the “Oh no you didn’t” of motherhood in the formation of 4 moms and a nanny.

written and performed by Alexandra Tatarsky
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A brief history of forgotten visionaries seeking and making meaning.



Nikaury Rodriguez  actor, director, and teaching artist. For 22 years, she has been part of many theatrical productions, voice-overs, film and television projects.  Most recent theatre credits include COMMITMENTS, Up Theatre’s Co.’s JOSSEPH K COMMA, Bertol Bretch’s BAAL, Hoi Poloi’s ALL HANDS, Up Theatre Co.’s CHALKBOARD TRILOGY, and TS Eliot’s MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.  Nikaury holds a BA in Sociology and Theatre from Hunter  College.


Macah Coates received her MFA in acting from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. This is her first one person show outside of school. She has been living around NYC for the past few years and began writing about a year ago. She started out with a few sketch comedy characters, wrote them into monologues and then decided to make an entire show where some of them were linked together.


Clea Rivera, actress and writer, was last seen at La MaMa performing her solo show, Food of Life, as part of the Poetry Electric series. She has performed regionally at Missouri Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Rep, the Denver Center, and Capital Repertory Theatre, as well as off-Broadway in the Womenʼs Project world premiere of Maria Irene Fornesʼ The Summer In Gossensass, Lincoln Center Instituteʼs A Wrinkle In Time, and toured with Ralph Leeʼs Mettawee Theatre Company for eight summers. She recently shot the independent film, The Speech, currently in post production. The independent short, Charlie, in which she played the title role, was an official selection of the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival, and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. She is a member of Richard Lewisʼ Touchstone Center For Children, for which she createds movement theatre pieces from childrenʼs poetry. She will soon be seen in an upcoming performance of The Bard And The Blues with musician, Harry Mann.


Aja Nisenson is an actor/ singer/ playwright. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts with a Capstone in Playwriting at Brown University. A trained pop, jazz and opera singer, Aja has sung with renowned musicians in venues all around Italy. Her one-woman shows Piccola Cosi and Daja Vureceived critical acclaim and had sold out runs in the soloNOVA Arts Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. Check out an extended version of My Life Is A Woody Allen Film on June 9th at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Aja is currently seeking


Melissa Murray-Mutch recently performed in Judy Tate’s, “Disunion” as a part of the “Fire This Time Festival” and The American Slavery Project at the New York Historical Society. She has also been a solo show performer, writing and performing The one-woman piece, “Obnoxious” and “Meanie”  which was performed at La Mama and the Drilling Company. She is a founding member of The Sister Scribes Spoken Word which began here at La Mama. She is a Teaching Artist with Manhattan Theatre Club and NYU. Melissa Murray is member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Many thanks to Electric, my family and to Moms everywhere.


Alexandra Tatarsky is a translator and performer from New York City.  She has lectured on the strange psalms of Russian poet Genrikh Sapgir and adapted the absurdist vignettes of Daniil Kharms for the stage.  Her solo work is inspired by ventriloquism, sacred tongues and the Puerto Rican Day Parade.  She is a member of The Mauricios, an ongoing dance project devoted to silence and very small movements, and has worked in vaudevilles from Oregon to Eastern Europe.  A collection of her poems for abandoned lots, entitled Vacant Love, is forthcoming from Power Plant Press.

La MaMa Moves Dance Festival


By Compagnie Affari-Esteri

May 2 – May 4, 2014

Two men face each other constrained in their search for different forms of identification.

La MaMa Moves Dance Festival

Shared Program: Ashley Chen & Dylan Crossman

May 9 – May 11, 2014

Every Me Sees Thou A Little Differently & Habits/Habits

La MaMa Moves Dance Festival

Shared Program: Elena Demyanenko, Dai Jian, Emmanuelle Huynh, Ellen Fisher, Kia Labeij

May 16 – May 18, 2014

Particular Mysteries: A Dance Cabaret

Four Clowns

May 23 – June 1, 2014

Conceived and directed by Jeremy Aluma
Four Clowns is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human. Follow four clowns – sad, mischievous, angry and nervous – as they reminisce about their past. The old adage says ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ but laughter comes most earnestly when reflecting on past sorrows. As the clowns tell their tales of woe and elation from childhood to adulthood we discover that they are all the same…and so are we.


June 6 – June 15, 2014

Written & Performed by Marga Gomez
Directed by David Schweizer
Acclaimed performer Marga Gomez portrays a crew of incurable romantics as they chase their hearts’ desires – into the night, through decades, and to insane lengths. Orestes, a macho maitre d’ is infatuated with a tin eared singer who is married to an academic who never sleeps and is never awake. On the other side of town Orestes’s daughter cuts off her hair, joins a coven, and starts dating the captain of a women’s football team. They are observed and documented by Polaroid Phillie, an ageless nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, and wherever passion happens.

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