Swados (Runaways, Kaasper Hauser) conceived, authored and will direct the multi-lingual oratorio, which uses Stewart's spoken and written words for its text. The Nov. 7 premiere marks what would have been Stewart's 92nd birthday. The founder of the landmark experimental theatre died Jan. 13 at age 91.
The La MaMa Cantata will also be staged Nov. 8. Show time is 7:30 PM.
The cast will feature Max Bisantz, Catherine Brookman (Hair on Broadway), Starr Busby, Michael Castillejos, Nicholas Caycedo, Charnele Crick, Rachael Duddy, Roe Hartrampf, Tom Hennes, Josephine Huang, Preston Martin (Kaasper Hauser), Grace McLean (The Last Goodbye), Alicia Miles Olatuja, Jeanna Phillips. Maya Sharpe (Hair in London), Edwin Sutton, Shaina Taub and Hannah Whitney.
The performers will be accompanied by piano and percussion.
According to Swados, the Cantata is "as funny as it is celebratory and a memorial to Ellen. It's about La MaMa and its philosophies and influences on world theatre. The music is meant to reflect the whole world and the many uses of rhythm and voice at La MaMa through the years. La MaMa is a magical place and being part of it is like going around the world." Swados earned Tony nominations for her work as composer, lyricist, book writer, choreographer and director of Runaways. She has penned book, music and lyrics for Kaasper Hauser, Alice in Concert as well as Lullabye and Goodnight, The Trilogy, Nightclub Cantata and Groundhog.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting LaMaMa. La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.