Directed by David Schweizer, the limited engagement will continue through April 29. The production features an original book written by Benton and 15 archival songs from the golden age of vaudeville.
According to La MaMa, "Bree Benton stars as archetypal waif Poor Baby Bree in this tragicomic story, inspired by Victorian melodrama and early cinema, of a child tempted from Home and Mother by dreams of the circus, only to face disillusionment, homesickness and her own lost innocence in the Big City."
I Am Going to Run Away features musical director Franklin Bruno on piano, Karen Waltuch on viola and Jacob Garchik on tuba and trombone.
Benton has performed as "Poor Baby Bree" since 2005 with Weary River. I Am Going to Run Away was also presented at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse in conjunction with La MaMa in March 2012.
The Club at La MaMa is located at 74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery. For more information and tickets, call (212) 475-7710 or visit http://LaMaMa.org or http://www.PoorBabyBree.com.