A Sad Tale's Best for Winter: La MaMa Stages Mamillius, a Take on Winter's Tale

News   A Sad Tale's Best for Winter: La MaMa Stages Mamillius, a Take on Winter's Tale
Reinventing Shakespeare Romance Mamillius, a new drama "reconstructed" from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, makes its New York premiere at La MaMa E.T.C. in the East Village Dec. 30-Jan. 16, 2005.
Meg Hawrey and Adriean Delaney in Mamillius
Meg Hawrey and Adriean Delaney in Mamillius Photo by Joan Marcus

Sheldon Deckelbaum adapts and directs "this bold, inventive reconstruction of Shakespeare's verse…illuminated through the pre-pubescent lens of the young prince Mamillius, who dies in Act III of the original play."

Opening night is Jan. 6, 2005. Off-Broadway's La Mama E.T.C. is at 74A East 4th Street.

According to production notes, "Bringing together the imaginative powers of seven actors, using original music and choreography, it tells a story of sexual fantasy, consuming jealousy, irrational violence, terrifying loss, but ultimately celebration and promise. Only through the mystery of art and a child's desperate wish to restore the union of his parents can this 'winter's tale' find grace and redemption."

The company of Mamillius includes Diane Ciesla (Paulina/Mariner/Older Polixenes), Dan Cordle (Leontes/Shepherd), Adriean Delaney (Polixenes/Court Officer/Florizel), Deb Heinig (First Lady/First Lord/Clown), Meg Howrey (Hermione/Perdita), Reginald Metcalf (Antigonus/ Camillo/Gentleman), and 8-year-old Raum-Aron in the title role.

Choreography is by MaryBeth Cavanaugh. Music is by Daniel Baker. The creative team includes scenic design by Sandra Goldmark, costume design by Camille Assaf and lighting design by Hilary Manners. Tickets for Mamillius are $15 each and are now available by calling La MaMa at (212) 475-7710, or in-person, 10 AM-10 PM daily.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.lamama.org.

Mamillius plays Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM and 8 PM. There are no performances Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.

Deckelbaum directed The Sacramento Theatre Company's world premiere of the Millennium Monologues which included new works by Aviva Jane Carlin, Velina Hasu Houston, Bob Devin Jones, and Robert Daseler; Resident Alien by Stuart Spencer at the Foothill Theatre Company; Ibsen's A Doll's House for the Western Stage; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for Shakespeare at Stinson. He adapted and directed Carlo Gozzi's 18th century play, The King Stag for A.C.T.'s conservatory in San Francisco. He directed the New York premiere of Kevin Kling's The Ice-Fishing Play. He directed his original adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's short story, "Nel Segno," entitled, The Body Sketch for the New York Theatre Workshop JAW festival, Lazarus Laughed by Eugene O'Neill for the Theatre of the Open Eye, Heiner Müller's Explosion of a Memory/Description of a Picture at Soho Rep, Coming Home and A Woman Alone by Dario Fo and Franca Ramé for the Westbeth Theater Center.

Since the influential La MaMa's doors first opened in 1961, its primary dedication has been to new works. "Many of the best plays and playwrights of the '60s and '70s have come from our Lower East Side stages and workshops," La MaMa boasts. "Creative risk-taking, experimentation, and challenging artistic boundaries have always been the focus of the work created and performed at La MaMa. La Mama envisions art as a universal language. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity have been inherent in the work created at La MaMa. To sustain this global vision, La Mama has become one of this country's foremost presenters of international performance. We are delighted to call artists from over seventy nations part of the La MaMa family."

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