World Premiere of Lee Breuer's La Divina Caricatura to Play La MaMa
By Carey Purcell
La MaMa and St. Ann's Warehouse will present the world premiere of La Divina Caricatura, Lee Breuer's mixed-media pop opera with puppets.
Performances will begin Dec. 6 prior to an official opening Dec. 8 and continue through Dec. 22 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre.
The cast will include Tony nominee Paul Kandel (The Who's Tommy), John Margolis, Maude Mitchell, Greg Mehrten, Karen Kandel and Terry O'Reilly. La Divina Caricatura will also feature an ensemble of Bunraku puppeteers. Jessica Scott will direct.
Written and directed by Breuer, La Divina Caricatura has live music composed by Lincoln Schleifer.
Here's how the production is billed: "La Divina Caricatura, a metaphorical send-up of Dante's classic, concerns Rose the Dog, who makes a pilgrimage through love to Paradiso. Rose thinks she's a woman and fantasizes a mad love affair with her master John, an East Village independent filmmaker. The show, Part 1 of a trilogy, draws on material that stretches all the way back to Breuer's doo-wop opera Sister Suzie Cinema."
Breuer, a co-founding, co-artistic director of Mabou Mines, is a writer, lyricist, director, adaptor and filmmaker. His stage productions include The Gospel at Colonus, Mabou Mines DollHouse, Peter and Wendy, The Lost Ones and Un Tramway Nommé Désir (with the Comédie Française).
The puppets are designed by Julie Archer, Eric Novak and Emily DeCola and Scott.
La Divina Caricatura is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masters and The Jim Henson Foundation.
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