Philip Glass: Days and Nights Festival

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

*** Unfortunately, the Days and Nights Festival had to be postponed.  Please check back for rescheduling information ***
The Days and Nights Festival began in 2011 in Big Sur, California and is the premier program of the Philip Glass Center. The festival is designed to encompass and nurture the arts by developing and presenting performances in a way that welcomes the future, while exploring the seminal developments in the arts throughout history. 
These performances at La MaMa feature selected shows, many commissioned by the Days and Nights Festival. Offerings include a tribute to playwright María Irene Fornés directed by JoAnne Akalaitis; the new theatre piece Club Diamond by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino; new music by Tenzin Chogyal and Philip Glass; poetry works by Jerry Quickley and Arturo Bejar, scored by Philip Glass and sung by Tara Hugo. The Festival closes with a special concert, featuring the duo performance of Glass on piano and Tim Fain on violin.

Purchase a 3-Show Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival Package for $90
and see any THREE shows in the Days and Nights Festival for only $30 each (reg. price $40)

'Mud' & 'Drowning' -- A Tribute to María Irene Fornés

Philip Glass transforms Drowning by acclaimed playwright María Irene Fornés into a New York Premiere pocket opera. With a breathtaking original score and live music in an intimate setting, the performance is helmed by NYC’s prestigious director JoAnne Akalaitis. A staged reading of María Irene Fornés play Mud rounds out the work.

Whistleblower & Is Infinity Odd or Even

Employing an original text set against a score performed live, spoken word artist Jerry Quickley and Philip Glass share their personal and visceral musings, reflections and emotions as they struggle to understand this moment in history with their piece, Whistleblower. The evening will be paired with a work entitled Is Infinity Odd or Even? with text by Arturo Bejar and music written and performed by Philip Glass and sung by Tara Hugo.

Club Diamond & Tenzin Choegyal

Created by award-winning theatre makers Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino, Club Diamond is an “innovative” work about the immigrant experience, Featuring a silent film and “lush music” by Tim Fain. The evening is followed by music by Philip Glass & Tibetan singer/songwriter Tenzin Choegyal, and includes violin, piano, double bass, voice, and Tibetan instruments.


The Festival closes with a two night special concert, featuring Philip Glass on piano and Tim Fain on violin. Tim Fain was the featured soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Einstein on the Beach and continues to tour the US and Europe in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass.