La MaMa Season Lines Up Neil LaBute, Sheila Callaghan, John Jahnke and More
By Adam Hetrick
Playwrights Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani will team-up for AdA (Author directing Author) as part of La MaMa's 51st season, which also includes works by Ping Chong, John Jahnke and Sheila Callaghan.
AdA will launch the season Sept. 27-Oct. 14. The respective playwrights will direct one-another's works. According to La MaMa, "LaBute's Lovely Head is the story of a contemporary love affair, a bizarre love centered on the obsession of a man for a girl. Calvani's Things of This World concerns a woman and her put-upon butler as a dinner for guests is prepared: amidst commands, regrets, little cruelties and a lack of tenderness, their frayed relationship and bankrupt existences are revealed."
Jean-Claude van Itallie's Confessions and Conversation is billed as "an evening of song and dance and gossip – about Ellen Stewart, life, love, Occupy Wall Street and off-off-Broadway theatre in the 60's." Rosemary Quinn will direct the Sept. 20-23 run.
Jose Zayas will direct the world premiere of Catherine Filloux's Luz from Sept. 27-Oct. 14. "Luz exposes the global scale of gender-based violence and the collusion between human rights and corporate law practices. From the garbage dump in Guatemala City to tent cities in Haiti and the toxic oil ponds where birds expire, Luz, Helene and Zia search for hope in the unlikeliest in-between places. A play that is at once volatile and tender, entertaining and surreal."
Flamenco dancer Maria Elena Anaya will offer the premiere of hew new dance work De Farrucas, Amor Y Locura, running Sept. 27-Oct. 14; and Ping Chong will present Undesirable Elements, about outsiders within their communities, Oct. 18-Nov. 4.
Radio plays by Dylan Thomas and John Millington Synge comprise 2 from the Sea, adapted by Triple Shadow and directed by Beth Skinner, which will run Oct. 18-Nov. 4. Thomas' Holiday Memory is "about a childhood memory of a day at the seaside," and Riders to the Sea by Synge is about "a family's fateful struggle with the relentless, cruel sea."
The "durational performance event" Soulographie: Our Genocides, comprising 17 plays by Erik Ehn and conversations about genocides worlwide, will be offered Nov. 8-18.
Sheila Callaghan's Port Out, Starboard Home, performed by foolsFURY and directed by Ben Yalom, will be staged Nov. 8-25. Here's how it's billed: "Climb aboard the luxury cruise ship Crown of the Seas, and join an eclectic group of seekers as they strive for enlightenment. Amidst the sensual decadence of bars, discos, and gluttonous buffets, they un-tether themselves from the baggage of their everyday lives and become entangled in a strange, disturbing ritual. Sit right back and take a surreal journey the folks at Princess Cruises never imagined in their wildest dreams."
Die: Roll to Proceed, by Joe Kurtz, will run Nov. 9-18. Christian De Gre directs the play that "imagines a world unencumbered by the stress of decision-making in which two roommates let the role of a die make decisions for them. With 72 possible endings, all of which are orchestrated by the audience, theatre-goers won't see the same show twice. Their fate. Your hands…Roll the DIE."
The avant-garde collective Dood Paard will offer Stock Xenophobia, featuring the plays Freetown, Othello (bye bye) and Answer Me, Nov. 29-Dec. 9. The Yara Arts Group will stage Midwinter Night: Winter Songs and Rituals from the Carpathians Dec. 27-30.
John Jahnke and the Hotel Savant will stage Funeral Games Jan. 10-27, 2013. "Inspired by Book XVI of Homer's Iliad, Funeral Games wryly explores the highly-debated relationship between the warrior Achilles and his beloved Patroclus during the Trojan War. With a bitingly modern tone, Funeral Games investigates such present day issues as gays in the military, gay marriage, aggressive quests for celebrity and fame – all informed by the backdrop of an imprudent war."
Additional programming includes Good Person of Szechuan, starring Taylor Mac, Feb. 1-24, 2013; as well as a new play by Matthew Paul Olmos, titled so go the ghosts of mexico, which will premiere in spring 2013.
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