January 25 - February 04, 2018
The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street
Thursday to Saturday at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Running Time: 90 minutes
Conceived by Marla Mase
Written by The Family
Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand
Original Score by Tomás Doncker
When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter’s anti-depressant, panic and pandemonium ensue. A true story, this Rashomon-like black comedy (with music) presents the event from the perspectives of five family members (mom, son, daughter, and grandparents.) Full of love, humor, and feeling, The Pill is a comic and tragic mash-up of three generations' take on living and dying.
The Pill features an ensemble cast of actors led by NYMF Award-winner for Outstanding Performance Zoe Wilson (Play Like A Winner, Orange Is the New Black) as Leni and Obie Award-winner Winsome Brown as the family matriarch, Sylvia. The pair are joined onstage by Joshua Turchin (A Christmas Story), Broadway veteran Roger Rathburn (No, No, Nanette), Drama Desk Award-winner Graham Stevens (In Transit), Marina Re (Irrational Man) and Adam Patterson (CasablancaBox).
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"Looking for something dark, funny, and super original? La MaMa presents Marla Mase’s hilarious and moving memory play The Pill"
"Zoe Wilson and Joshua Turchin to Star in THE PILL at La MaMa"
"In addition to plans to produce Feldman's final songs, the family is also producing a play – entitled "The Pill" — about a funny episode with Feldman and her depression written by several members of the family, including Mase's 20-year-old son, father and mother."
About the Artists
MARLA MASE (Playwright) is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. Known for her gutsy, sexy, raw performance style and lyrics that "make you think", Marla is regarded by her peers and fans as a true musical pioneer. Her songs, a mix of punk, funk, spoken word, power pop and classic rock-n-roll are infused with Global Soul, the signature sound of True Groove Records, the record label she founded with her partner/collaborator Tomás Doncker. Along with triumphant tours in China, Europe and the United States, Marla received a ‘Messenger of Peace’ Award from the Friends of the UN for her visionary work as a songwriter and performer. Her multi-media performance concert SPEAK premiered at NYC Summerstage 2013, and set the stage for her next release, Half-Life, which was heralded as "The first great album of 2014″. It featured legendary Ikonoklast producer/bassist Bill Laswell playing bass on “The Heart Beats.” It was their second collaboration – Laswell also provided a dubmix of “AnnaRexia” from Mase’s SPEAK DELUXE collection. In 2017, Marla was a featured performer at SXSW as well as a featured performer (live recording session) on the taste-making music site Daytrotter.com. A long time creative force in groundbreaking NYC theatre as an actress, writer and producer, Marla is best known for her play The Canarsie Line, her rock opera A Brief Night Out, and Speak. Her most recent work Miracles~Lost & Found: A Rock-n-Roll Rumination (directed by Lisa Milinazzo) based on her 2016 album by the same name, weaves elements of psychedelia, power pop, modern opera, spoken word, film-noir vignettes into a prescient multi-dimensional performance piece about living and dying in our world today. marlamase.com
THE FAMILY (Contributing Writers). The Pill was conceived by Marla Mase, but incorporates retellings of the events that inspired the play written by Marla’s son Yanai Feldman, her late daughter Lael Summer, her father Howard Mase, and her mother Roberta Mase.
YANAI FELDMAN - a student at Pomona College, Yanai is a published writer, a math major, a foodie, a traveler. He is the intellectual of the family. It has been said that his aura walks into a room five minutes before his body does. He also wrote half the play.
LAEL SUMMER - Singer/songwriter Lael Summer has two albums, Burden to Bear and Life in Color. Her debut album Burden to Bear was critically acclaimed and she was cited to be the one to watch out for by Earmilk.com, AbsolutePunk, The Big Takeover, KingsofA&R, Soultracks, amongst other prominent music blogs. Her song “Dream Machine” was written by NYS Poet Laureate Yusef Komunyakaa. Lael was a graduate of USC’s elite Pop Music Program, 2014. She was a yoga teacher, a healer and an inspiration to all who knew her. We love and miss you Lael.
HOWARD MASE, Ph.d - still working at 82 (executive coach, organizational psychologist) and a mentor to thousands, Dr. Howard Mase has a fan club of people who cannot make a move or take a step without his words of wisdom. The most loved man on the planet. Join The Cult of Howard today.
ROBERTA MASE - the most interesting person in the family and The Muse, Roberta is a songwriter, a parodist, and looks like a 1940’s movie star. She never leaves the couch and is happy that way.