Downtown Auteur Matthew Maguire Is Set to Abandon His MaMa, Oct. 19

News   Downtown Auteur Matthew Maguire Is Set to Abandon His MaMa, Oct. 19
Obie Award winning director-playwright Matthew Maguire will bring his latest project, titled Abandon, to La MaMa E.T.C. in the East Village beginning Oct. 19.

Maguire has been working at La MaMa since 1977 with The Seven Deadly Elements, which was based on the collage novel by Max Ernst. His other works, some of which fall under Maguire's label of "collage play," include Eye Figure Fiction, Untitled (The Dark Ages Flat Out), The American Mysteries, The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo, Propaganda, Fun City, Visions of Don Juan and The Tower. He won an Obie in 1998 for his acting in I Don't Know Who He Was.... Abandon "tells the story of Helena—a young woman in crisis, terrified to love," according to production notes. " When Helena's sister, Marguerite, forces her to confront her fear, will she be saved or destroyed?" The work is described as "a narrative collage play"—a hybrid of Maguire's collage and more linear works. It features an original score by Andrew Ingkavet and video projections by Zbigniew Bzymek, based on the collages of Maguire.

Abandon stars Jeff Barry, Victoire Charles, Alexis McGuinness, Genevieve Odaba and Michael Ryan. It has scenic design by Michael Casselli, and lighting design by Laura Mroczkowski.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at (212) 475-7710 or online at

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