La MaMa's Burnished by Grief Opens Tonight

News   La MaMa's Burnished by Grief Opens Tonight
Avant-garde theatre stalwarts La MaMa and Talking Band co-present the world premiere of Burnished by Grief, a show billed as a "playfully sinister romantic comedy" about cramped living in New York City. The production officially opens Jan. 27 following previews that began Jan. 22.

Performances are set to run through Feb. 7 at La MaMa's First Floor Theater.

Written and composed by Ellen Maddow and directed by Paul Zimet, Burnished by Grief was inspired by Maddow's real-life work as a volunteer mediator in Brooklyn Civil Court. "There she has witnessed how the city’s extraordinary diversity, combined with close living, has produced complex misunderstandings, as well as, unexpected and remarkable relationships," state press notes.

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Burnished by Grief

"Burnished by Grief," continues the announcement, "is a chaotic, over stimulated urban mash up filled with constant motion, scrambled energy and the overlapping realities of race, culture and multiple generations. Five characters long for a pocket of stillness, the solace of beauty, relief from loneliness, and the possibility of falling head over heels in love with their opposites."

The cast features Will Badgett, Mary Schultz, Rae C. Wright, Tina Shepard, Debargo Sanyal, Shelley Fort and Sam Kulik.

The production has set and video design by Anna Kiraly, lighting design by Lenore Doxsee, costumes by Kiki Smith and sound design by Tim Schellenbaum and Julia Katz.

La MaMa’s First Floor Theater is located at 74 E. 4th St., Manhattan. Tickets, beginning at $25, are available by calling (646) 430-5374 or visiting

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