La MaMa to Feature The Schizophrenic Hamlet, Queer Arts Festival and More in Fall

By Carey Purcell
20 Aug 2013

La MaMa has announced its fall 2013 season as well as a new, inexpensive ticketing program.



Under the artistic direction of Mia Yoo, the season will feature puppetry and performance art, including Lee Breuer, Dario D’Ambrosi, Pascal Rambert, Maureen Fleming, Dan Fishback and Max Steele. Some of the works revisit classic literature, address the aftermath of natural disasters and contemplate world economics.

This fall, La MaMa is introducing a new initiative, 10@$10, through which ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

The season at a glance follows:

La MaMa Presents
Shakespeare's Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) (New York Premiere)
Irina's Dreamtheatre (France)
Directed by Irina Brook
Sept. 20-Oct. 6
Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street)

"Irina Brook continues her father Peter's tradition at La MaMa with Shakespeare's Sister (or La Vie Matérielle), which adapts Virginia Woolf's 'A Room Of One's Own' and Marguerite Duras' 'La Vie Matérielle.' The work is set at a fantasy dinner party, where five women prepare the cuisine while singing, dancing and discussing their place in the world. "

This cast features Winsome Brown as Virginia Woolf, former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck as Maugerite Duras, actress Nicole Ansari, concert violin soloist Yibin Li and British singer/songwriter Sadie Jemmett.

I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (World Premiere)
Written by Chiori Miyagawa
Directed by Alice Reagan
Produced by Re/Union Company
Sept. 26-Oct. 13
First Floor Theatre (74 East 4th Street)


"I Came to Look for You on Tuesday follows Maia, aged six to 50, whose life was saved as a baby by her mother's sacrifice in a tsunami. Reunion with her mother is impossible, and her journey comes to be about emotionally reuniting with her father, who was destroyed by the loss of his wife. Over the course of the play, the audience encounters 20 characters who long to find some aspect of what they have lost in times of natural disaster or war — events that are entirely out of their control, yet change their lives forever."

A Series of One: A Solo Performance Series
Sept. 27-Oct. 13
The Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street)


"A Series of One is a new platform for unconventional solo performances making its debut at La MaMa. The series will feature courageous artists from New York to the Netherlands who exemplify the DIY spirit, continuing to create adventurous and engaging art that allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer — with no distractions. Among those performing will be Vickie Tanner, Brigham Mosley, Max Steele, Greg Zuccolo, DawN Crandell and more."

A (micro) history of world economics, danced (U.S. Premiere)
Co-presented by La MaMa, Performance Space 122 and French Institute Alliance Francaise
(FIAF) as part of the 2013 Crossing the Line Festival
Created and Directed by Pascal Rambert
In collaboration with Éric Méchoulan
Oct. 11-13
Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street)
Additional text by Montaigne, Mallarmé
Music by Alexandre Meyer
Set and lighting design by Pascal Rambert


"French playwright/director Pascal Rambert investigates our collective economic history. Originally created during the height of the European economic crisis, this large-scale performance piece is based on the life experiences of New Yorkers, recruited by Rambert to discuss and explore the economy's effects on their lives in writing workshops leading up to the performance. Joined by professional dancers, the workshop participants recreate their daily actions on stage in a performance of raw bodies, accompanied by a professional choir and a spoken economic history provided by economist Eric Méchoulan of the University of Montréal. Performers include Clémentine Baert, Cécile Musitelli, Virginie Vaillant."

B. MADONNA (New York Premiere)
By Maureen Fleming
Text by David Henry Hwang
Music by Philip Glass, performed by pianist Bruce Brubaker
Video by Christopher Odo
Oct. 17-Nov. 3
Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street)
Please note: This performance contains nudity.

"This multimedia meditation on 'miracles' juxtaposes Fleming's new and repertory works with three-dimensional video projections designed by longtime Fleming collaborator Christopher Odo."

The Schizophrenic Hamlet (U.S. Premiere)
Dario D'Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico
Oct. 17–Nov. 3
First Floor Theatre (74 East 4th Street)

"Italy's Dario D'Ambrosi and his Teatro Patologico explore what D'Ambrosi calls 'the pathological side of Hamlet.'"

Makina Total Free
Omni Zona Franca
Oct. 18-20
The Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street)

"Amaury Pacheco, David D Omni and Luis Eligio D Omni are Omni Zona Franca, a multi-disciplinary Cuban artist collective that, since its formation in 1997, has freely shifted between forms of performance, music, poetry, spoken word, rap, visual art, graffiti video and dance to embrace art as everyday life."

Queer New York International Arts Festival/New Music Series 2013
Oct. 25-Nov. 3
The Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street)

"La MaMa Club curator Nicky Paraiso has organized this star-studded event, which showcases the hottest, edgiest queer music and cabaret performers in New York's downtown performance scene. The lineup already includes individual shows by M Lamar, Molly Pope and Nath Ann Carrera, with Special Guest Star MCs Dan Fishback and Max Steele at particular performances. Additional artists will be posted on the La MaMa website this fall."

La MaMa and St. Ann's Warehouse Present
Lee Breuer's La Divina Caricatura Part 1, The Shaggy Dog (World Premiere)
Music by Lincoln Schleifer
Puppetry by Jessica Scott
Video by Eamonn Farrell
Produced by piece by piece productions, Mabou Mines and Dovetail Productions
Dec. 6-22
Ellen Stewart Theatre (74 East 4th Street)
This production is not recommended for children under the age of 14.


"Co-presenters St. Ann's Warehouse and La MaMa, and producers piece by piece productions, Mabou Mines and Dovetail Productions unite for the World Premiere of Breuer's epic magnum opus La Divina Caricatura. The mixed-media pop-opera completes Breuer's Animations series and draws on material that stretches all the way back to Breuer's doo-wop opera Sister Suzie Cinema, first conceived as a poem in 1975."

Maria Celeste (Galileo): To My Father
A work-in-progress by Pioneers Go East Collective
Conceived and directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
The Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street)

"Maria Celeste (Galileo) explores Maria Celeste's life as a cloistered nun and reflects upon her deep emotional attachment to her father, the scientist Galileo, and her eagerness to be a part of his discoveries. An interactive opera and performance installation with live video and projected art inspired by the solar system, the work immerses us in a mysterious dreamlike realm where we intimately experience motion, imagery, sounds and visual and dramatic tensions between the world of the nun and the world of Galileo."

The Republic (World Premiere)
By Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
Written and directed by Vít Hořejš
Nov. 29-Dec. 15
First Floor Theatre (74 East 4th Street)


"Was Socrates executed by a vigilant Athenian 'department of homeland security?' Incorporating traditional Czech marionettes, found objects and shadow puppets, the interdisciplinary performance The Republic adapts the Plato text of the same name, incorporating elements of the Crito and Phaedo dialogues. In the 5th century B.C., as now, political movements led by demagogues and sophists crush the voice of reason."

The Third Policeman (World Premiere)
Nomad Theatrical Company
Dec. 6-15
The Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street)


"Nomad Theatrical Company, under the artistic direction of Grant Neale, adapts O'Brien's comic novel 'The Third Policeman' for the stage, bringing to the already rich work the company's singular brand of physical and perspective-bending theater to create a thrilling phantasmagorical journey."

A Season in the Congo
Written by Aimé Césaire
Directed by Rico Speight
Dec. 19-22
First Floor Theatre (74 East 4th Street)

"A Season in the Congo is Rico Speight's homage to Aimé Césaire in celebration of the seminal thinker and writer's centenary. In this work, Césaire, the 'poet leader that lights the fire of Africa,' chronicles the rise and fall of the first Prime Minister (Lumumba) of the newly independent Republic of Congo in 1960."

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or visiting lamama.org.