Downtown Manhattan’s La MaMa Announces Anniversary Season Lineup | Playbill

News Downtown Manhattan’s La MaMa Announces Anniversary Season Lineup The company celebrates its 55th year with a smorgasbord of offerings this coming year.
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Estelle Parsons

La MaMa Theatre has announced its lineup for 2016-17, and it will feature over 70 productions. The experimental theatre club known for its new-wave work will kick off the season with a launch party September 20, where attendees can meet and mingle with the artists, such as actress Estelle Parsons and playwright Neil LaBute.

Parsons will direct Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot in March 2017 as part of the anniversary season. The play premiered at the Public Theater in 2005. This production will feature members of the Actors Studio, which is also celebrating a big anniversary this coming year: 70.

The La MaMa Puppet Series will play again this fall, September 24-November 6. The series includes an international lineup, according to the New York Times. Man in Snow, written by Israel Horovitz, will follow November 10-27.

The winter welcomes back La MaMa’s Ada: Author Directing Author program, featuring playwrights Neil LaBute, Marco Calvani and newcomer Marta Buchaca. In February, La MaMa welcomes August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, performed by Vuelta Brava troupe of Colombia; Seon Jae Kim’s staging of Riot Antigone, a punk rock version of Antigone; and, in March, Fjeldfuglen, an Ibsen opera performed by Grusomhetens Teater of Norway.

Finally, the La MaMa Moves! annual dance festival will take place in spring 2017.

La MaMa has been awarded over 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk Awards. Founded in 1961 by Ellen Stewart, the company is dedicated to providing resources for experimental work and artists from all over the world.

La MaMa will soon announce its full schedule. For more information visit

See photos from La MaMa Cantata, Elizabeth Swados’ tribute to the words of Ellen Stewart:

Liz Swados' La MaMa Cantata, Preserving Words of Ellen Stewart, Recording Session

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