This Season

In its coming season, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club will continue doing what won it the 2018 regional theater Tony Award: presenting a diverse slate of challenging performances. The theater’s 2018-19 offerings include a timely look at the origins of the National Endowment for the Arts, visual theater inspired by the poetry of William Butler Yeats, and a monthlong puppetry series.
“I feel each season is shaped by the artists and what they’re exploring and experimenting with,” said Mia Yoo, the artistic director of La MaMa, in an interview. “We really feel as though we’re jumping off the cliff with those artists because a lot of times we don’t even know what the work is going to be until it opens on our stage.”

Welcome to La MaMa's 57th Season

Browse Our Season & Purchase Tickets Below

THE AЯTS

September 13 - September 30, 2018

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Sponsored By Nobody
Written & Directed by Kevin Doyle
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
The AЯTS investigates the origins of the National Endowment for the Arts, then contrasts this history with contemporary realities in America surrounding public funding of the arts. This production is co-directed and co-produced by Mike Carlsen of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

KINK HAUS

September 20 - October 7, 2018

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By Gunnar Montana
In Association with Howl Arts
in The Downstairs
Philadelphia's Gunnar Montana creates KINK HAUS, a brutal underground nightclub depicting the wild, powerful, and sometimes hilarious sexual journey inside us all. Fantasy, fetish, and carnal desire will all be in fashion - leave your inhibitions at home.

Kick Off Party

September 25, 2018

Reservations Coming Soon!

Includes the Groundbreaking Ceremony,
as part of La MaMa's Capital Campaign

in front of 74a East 4th Street
Save the date, La MaMa wants to celebrate our 57th season with our international community of artists and audience in front of 74a East 4th Street, our original permanent home in the East Village that is now under renovation. 

Language Reversal

October 4 - October 14, 2018

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Written by Aaron Landsman
A Workshop Presentation
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
Language Reversal is a new, bi-lingual theater work by 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times Critic's Pick Aaron Landsman, about resistance, translation and the codes we use to signal who is with us in our struggles. The piece speaks directly and immediately to the current US political moment and is staged in a simple red curtained cube and performed in three parts by a cast of Serbian and US performers.

Wildflowers

October 18 - October 21, 2018

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By Maureen Fleming
A Co-Production with Irish Arts Center
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
The world premiere of Wildflowers, a feminine genesis, is a sensuous celebration of the feminine archetype, inspired by the lush symbolism of Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Reclaiming the mystical feminine occluded by colonization and misogynist distortions of religious belief, Wildflowers coalesces Maureen Fleming's unique choreographed form of interdisciplinary visual theater in a series of vision poems featuring live music by Irish composer/violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Uillean piper James Mahon with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing the music of Philip Glass.

WUNDERKAMMER

November 1-3, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
US Premiere
in The Downstairs
Step into the curious cabinet of marionettes and allow them to transport you to a place of wonderment with their inimitable allure and weightlessness. The many-facetted medium of the marionette presents the audience with a cabinet of curiosities. Here, our senses are given the possibility to perceive gravity and magnetism. Puppeteers Alice-Therese Gottschalk, Raphael Mürle and Frank Soehnle, all disciples of the internationally renowned master puppeteer Albrecht Roser, convene as a trio to improve upon and intensify their puppeteering skills collectively.

问 TIAN WEN

November 3 - November 5, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
By Visual Expressions

in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
Directed by Hua Hua Zhang, this new piece inspired by Zhan Zi, an ancient Taoist philosopher, delves into the ebbs and flows of lie and as a Chinese woman living in the West, using the dream as a vehicle. The show presents the audience with a reflection of life, exploring the edge o the Western and Eastern worlds - blurring the line between reality and dreams, the audience is asked to examine itself and reflect on the notion of the other.

La MaMa Puppet Slam

November 5, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
Curated by Jane Catherine Shaw
in The Downstairs
Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw will curate a one-night only puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theatre from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This evening, a puppet cabaret, will challenge artist to make their best short form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to the attention of audiences. Shaw is a co-founder and co-curator of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, a festival devoted to presenting New York artists working in puppetry.

Blind

November 8 - November 11, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
Directed by Nancy Black

In the Ellen Stewart Theatre
In this new solo work renowned dancer/puppeteer Duda Paiva draws on his childhood, during which he suffered an illness that blistered his body and left him temporarily blind. His surreal path to healing involved both shamanic and western medicine. BLIND transforms this experience into a metaphor about disability, rejection and resolution with adaptations of Yoruba songs from a unique Afro-Brazilian subculture, and driving forces of sound and light.

Everything Starts with a Dot

November 8 - November 10, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
Concept by Nekaa Lab/Sachiyo Takahashi
in The Downstairs
Inspired by abstract visual artists notably Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Calder and Otto Piene, Everything Starts from a Dot is storytelling solely with abstract characters -- shapes, lines, color, light/shadow and sound. Combining projection by Microscopic Live Cinema, theater technique and presence of moving objects on the stage, it investigates the border between pure abstraction and the appearance of narrative, animating the entire theater space. 

Don Quixote Takes New York

November 10 - November 11, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
By Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company
in The Downstairs
Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza travel the five boroughs of New York on a quest to save the world from evil forces. The audience follows Don Quixote while he explores New York City in his quest for love, honor, liberty and justice for all. Inspired from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted from the novel by Ivan Cardozo and Beatriz Caballero and re-imagined and co-directed by Federico Restrepo and Denise Greber.

Chicken Soup Chicken Soup

November 17 - November 18, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
By Wonderspark Puppets
in The Lounge
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup is a puppet show based on the beloved PJ Library book by Pamela Mayer. The story revolves around two grandmothers, one Jewish and one Chinese, who come up with elaborate ways to show their granddaughter that their cultural heritage (their chicken soup) is the best. We visit the Book of Ruth as well as the Monkey King. The themes in this story include mixed-race families, cultural heritage and the joy of cooking.

Exodus

November 15 - November 18, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
Directed by Patrick Masset
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
Written in the form of an allegory, this show questions the great migratory movements. Théâtre d'Un Jour draws upon the autobiographical story of Artistic Director Patrick Masset, whose parents left Belgium in the middle of the economic crisis, as well as the story of an Iraqi musician and the thousands of migrants who, today, play their life on foot and on makeshift boats to join the Schengen area. Théâtre d'Un Jour questions our vacillating democracies where Europe, like those cities destroyed in Syria and elsewhere, requires a new balance and new foundations.

Food for the Gods

November 15 - November 18, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
Written & Directed by Nephrii Amenii
in The Downstairs
Food for the Gods is an audience immersive multi-media performance installation. Inspired by the killings of Black men at the hands of police and other institutions of authority. This work utilizes mixed-media, puppetry and object performance to explore the process of dehumanization, positive and negative space, invisibility and well...the MAGICAL-less-ness of it all. A three-part expression of rage, indifference and celestial knowing. Food for the Gods is an experiential triptych that juxtaposes harsh reality with piercing beauty.

Jump Start

November 23 - November 25, 2018

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Part of the La MaMa Puppet Series
A Presentation of Works-In-Progress

in The Downstairs
Puppet and theatre artists get a chance to showcase their works in progress in the La MaMa Puppet Series. Four artists will share a three-day billing including: Don't Tell Me No (working title) by Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, Place No Place by Tom Lee and Lisa Gonzalez, Daydream Tutorial by Maiko Kikuchi, Little Nemo in Slumberland by Torry Bend, PACKRAT by Concrete Temple Theatre and Act II of Midsummer Night's Dream by Sova Theater.

Chasing the New White Whale

November 24 - December 9, 2018

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Written by Mike Gorman
Directed by Arthur Adair
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
In an epic delusion following a fateful encounter with heroin, legendary New England fishing captain Robby Foerster becomes 'Ahab' as he attempts to kill the 'New White Whale.' Mike Gorman is a Playwright in Residence at La MaMa and he is the founder and director of the Forty Hour Club, his current production company formed for the purpose of producing 'UltraLight,' the first play from The Honor and Glory of Whaling.

World Premiere of Zombie Asian Moms

November 29 - December 9, 2018

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Music by Slanty Eyed Mama
Comedy by Kate Rigg
in The Downstairs
Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama returns to La MaMa to mash up comedy, music, spoken word, video installation and oral history to unearth the legends and lore, insane rituals and indefatigable parenting practices of Asian Mom-ness. "Pressure to succeed by the Undead Asian Mom Society" 

Indian Market & Social

December 13 - December 16, 2018

FREE EVENT

Director and Coordinated by Kevin Tarrant
& Muriel Borst Tarrant

in The Downstairs
The Native Art Market offers a unique shopping opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary works -- including silver and semi-precious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, hand-woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints and sculpture -- by some of the finest Native American artists.

Terra Mia

December 13 - December 16, 2018

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In Association with Ondadurto Theatre
Design by Lorenzo Pasquali
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
Directed by Marco Paciotti and Elena Sbardella of Rome's Ondadurto Teatro, Terra Mia is a desecrating and irreverent look at the exodus of a prospective human race seeking a future elsewhere. A visual spectacle with strong emotional impact, a game of carnage in the quest for an identity that can completely invented.

Shell-Shocked Nut

December 20 - December 23, 2018

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In Association with East Village Dance Project & GOH Productions
in the Ellen Stewart Theatre
The Shell-Shocked Nut Project upends the classic structure of E.T. Hoffman’s Nutcracker, relocates it in the East Village, and uses a cast of lively characters to explore themes of loss and recovery. A war veteran and a wandering child take us on a journey through the iconic and the everyday of the East Village – stopping at Tompkins Square Park, Economy Candy Store, the aisles of a corner bodega, the interior of a East Village home, and much more.

Grey Rock

January 3 - January 6, 2019

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In Association with Remote Theatre Project
Written & Directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi

in The Downstairs
Grey Rock, created with actors from Palestine, follows a young man in 1969 in a small West Bank Village who watches the Americans land on the moon. Shouldn't Palestine, land of prophets, also have a stake in the moon? Post-performance talk backs after each show will be live-streamed on interactive platforms with Palestinian communities worldwide. The productions is presented in association with Alexandra Aron (Remote Theatre Project) & Bonnie Stein (GOH Productions).