December 21, 2013 at 11am
Follow the wind across the continent, from sea to sea, to meet distinctive characters from America’s treasure trove of multicultural folk traditions. Humorous, beautiful and moving – told with puppetry, live actors, and music, Shaw interweaves stories to make exciting theatre for young audiences.
January 3 – January 5, 2014
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.
January 3 – January 12, 2014
For two weeks, curator and host Dan Fishback rallies the brashest new voices of the queer stage for a peak into the future of underground, revolutionary queer art-making. Ranging from drag and cabaret to spoken word and theater, each of these young artists take cues from their predecessors while reinventing their forms through the singular weirdness of their own individual visions. Each night of SQUIRTS will also feature a guest legend – an established icon of the queer performance world. Join multiple generations of queer performers as we celebrate the legacy of downtown theatrics and the precocious audacity of the millennial mind.
January 3, 2014
Deposited somewhere between land and sea, between proliferation and devastation Opening January 3 6-9pm then Wednesday - Sunday 1pm -7:30 pm with special pre-show appearances by Peggy Shaw and Man Meat In this exhibition, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches re-purpose their own archival material from the last 20 years of work together in order to explore [...]
January 8 – January 13, 2014
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.
January 9 – January 12, 2014
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.
January 9 – January 26, 2014
Co-written and performed by Peggy Shaw
Co-written and directed by Lois Weaver
Peggy Shaw had a stroke in 2011 and in her latest solo, Ruff, guided by longtime collaborator Lois Weaver, Shaw throws off the stigma of age and embraces the joy—and necessity—of creating new work.
January 17 – January 19, 2014
Shane Shane, the most radical queer performer you’d ever want to introduce to your Grandma, brings his body-positive, confrontational mania to the La MaMa Stage. An evening of original songs, video art, cabaret, and comedy featuring some of New York’s most eclectic performers as special guests.
January 24 – January 26, 2014
Out of the constant violent and sexualized surveillance of the black male body, plantation overseer, the NBA, stop and frisk, prisons etc emerge M. Lamar’s new music theater piece for countertenor and piano Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche. Utilizing multiple live and prerecorded camera feeds, this plantation fantasy explores surveillance from the point of view of a black man condemned to death for the murder of his male overseer with whom he has fallen in love. Surveillance plunges the deepest darkest depths of interracial desire and an our interracial culture from the watch tower to the to the psyche of the black man being watched .
January 28 – February 16, 2014
Co-created bythe Children’s Theatre Company and in partnership with The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Violet and Bruce Wong just don’t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have super powers, they’re just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it… if they can only stop bickering. Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, THE WONG KIDS transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy
January 30 – February 16, 2014
Written and Directed by Marco Martinelli
Set on a volcanic islet in the strip of sea between Europe and Africa that has been the scene of a devastating tragedy for the past fifteen years, this intense, grotesque and nightmarish poem on the tragedy of migrants will grab you and won’t let you go till the end.
By Fifth Wall
January 31 – February 9, 2014
By Pep Munoz / Mar Gomez
A Spanish political activist arrives in New York and meets Liz, who invites him to her apartment. Ricard has defrauded 39 banks in Spain. He claims this is not a crime, but a general call for financial disobedience. 39 Defaults explores trust in an era when hospitality meets surveillance, and idealism confronts daily necessities.
By Romana Soutus
February 14 – February 16, 2014
A Cabaret Extravaganza curated by Romana Soutus
The evening features murder ballads as performed by international musicians, a clown show, and countless unexpected twists and turns. Seize the opportunity to break down the walls we put up between ourselves and our mortality and instead find the humor, tragedy, pain and beauty that comes with society’s greatest fear.
Experiments - Play Reading Series
February 20 – February 23, 2014
7:30pm | Thursday – Friday – Saturday 2:30pm | Sunday Curated and directed by George Ferencz A festival of concert play readings celebrating Black History Month.
February 21 – March 9, 2014
Written & Performed by David Drake
Musical Direction by Lance Cruce
Directed by Robert La Fosse
“The thing about being a one-hit wonder,” she says, “is… you can always keep the wonder.” Showbiz survivor, rainbow warrior, alien abductee… a hilarious evening of story, song & dance with legendary starlet Tawny Heatherton. And special guest stars!
February 27 – March 16, 2014
Created and Performed by Bob Holman, Susan Hwang and Julian Kytasty | Conceived & Directed by VirlanaTkacz
“Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine” is based on Smith’s own writing about his adventures fighting in the Turkish wars in Eastern Europe before he came to America. The music includes traditional Ukrainian epic songs known as “dumas” and wild new songs written by Susan Hwang which she performs accompanying herself on the accordion, as well as over the top love poetry by Bob Holman.
Established in 1990, La MaMa resident company Yara Arts Group is a collective of artists of Asian, African, Latino, Eastern and Western European ancestry, who come together to create original work in Yara’s signature style of multilingual dialogue and songs supported by evocative visuals and documentation of Eastern European, Siberian, and Asian cultures.
By Monk Parrots
March 13 – March 30, 2014
Concept, Direction, Production Design by Luke Leonard, Libretto by Kirk Lynn, Music by Peter Stopschinski
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.
March 14 – March 16, 2014
Curated and Hosted by Kid Lucky The variety of beatbox performance styles and forms is showcased in this three day event includes an open mike, beat rhyme battles, and vocal wars featuring some of the leading beatbox artists in America. Special appearances by 2013 Beatrhyme Battle and Vocal Wars Winners – Kaila Mullady, Baba Israel [...]
March 20 – March 23, 2014
A Karmic Accounting / Interrogation Ritual to take ownership of a decade of repression, war, and security paranoia. How incriminating is an average life? Aluna theatre uses security technology as a storytelling medium, to explore our need to change the world in order to preserve it.