La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

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

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

Marcellus Shale

May 24 – June 9, 2013

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“This new work by Zimet—a remarkable, wise, deeply moving, highly necessary play—is in its way a descendent of Our Town…the ensemble work is tight and flawless… each of the production’s ten remarkably accomplished actors creates a full-bodied, empathetic, deeply human character.”

- Martin Denton,

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Active since 1975, Talking Band has a wealth of downtown performance history on their website. Take a look back at their past work.

By Talking Band

Written and directed by Paul Zimet

Music by Ellen Maddow

“…one of the boldest and most venerable politically minded companies in New York experimental theater.”

-New York Times


In 2016, in a rural community in upstate New York, fracking transforms the landscape and divides friends and families. This new music-theater work is inspired by interviews with people living on the Marcellus Shale and Dostoevsky’s ”The Demons.” “Marcellus Shale” is the name of a sedimentary rock formation rich in natural gas, and, in this work, its sedimentary layers are a metaphor for the complex, richly-layered histories and lives of the people who inhabit it.

photo credit: Emily Boland

With Harlan J. Alford, Suli Holum*, John Kurzynowki*, Joel Leffert*, Ellen Maddow*, Mike Mikos, Steven Rattazzi*, Tina Shepard*, David Smilow, and Linda Tardif

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Sets + Video by Anna Kiraly
Costumes by Kiki Smith
Lights by Lenore Doxsee
Stage Manager Michelle Kelleher*
Assistant to the Director: Alex Skitolsky
Assistant Costume Design: Jill St. Coeur
Assistant Set Design: Sideny Johnson
Technical Director: Rudy Guerrero
Assistant Stage Manager: Samantha Corbin
Video Programmer: Michael Long

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