Known for his appearances at Joe's Pub, the Zipper Factory and PS 122, Keckler's new music-infused work Human Jukebox will begin performances Feb. 20 and run through March 8 at LaMaMa. As part of the run, Keckler will also present his one-act Cat Lady.
According to press notes, "Human Jukebox weaves together stories about a mother's life-threatening aneurism, her ability to summon any song she's ever heard, the existential musings of an eccentric voice teacher, and the narrator's survival strategies as a receptionist in a music publishing firm. Keckler seamlessly moves in and out of characters, spinning a dark and comic meditation on alienation, death, and memory, while uncovering the fantastic, inner life of the banal."
Elizabeth Gimbel directs the work that incorporates original songs by Keckler and a Puccini aria.
In Cat Lady, "Keckler conjures up the portrait of a mother – an artist who turns her living room into a psychological theater of sorts where cats are the actors. A domestic Dante, she weaves an epic around them, finding significance in their smallest of gestures. Keckler, in turn, mythologizes her daily actions," press notes reveal.
Keckler, who is also a singer-songwriter, has participated as a playwright in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and his work has been featured on NPR and the Sundance Channel. He has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco MOMA, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place and as part of Weimar New York. Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting www.lamama.org.
LaMaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.