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Play List 1964
Date/ Opened Show Name Details
There were no plays done in early January. The theatre was closed by the police department.
January 30 HOME FREE
& NO TRESPASSING
Playwright: Lanford Wilson
February 13 HOME COOKING Playwright: David Novak
Director: Donald Brooks
February 20 LITTLE MOTHER Playwright: Ross Alexander
Director: Ross Alexander
February 27 THE LOVERS  
March 5 THE ALEGATION IMPROMPTU Playwright: Lawrence Ferlingetti & Tad Mosel
Director: John Parkinson
March 12

 

For the week of March 12 the theatre was closed by the fire department. The next week we tried to re-open but this time the fire department padlocked and sealed the front door.

This is the first time we called Cafe La MaMa: La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, or La MaMa E.T.C. We made it a club to avoid harrasment by the bureau of licenses.

March 26 THE DRUNKARD (An old melodrama play) Playwright: William H. Smith
Director: Donald Brooks
April 2 WAITING BOY Playwright: Robert Sealy
April 16 ON THE BRIDGE THE VISITOR Company:
Nation:
Playwright: Ross Alexander
Director: Ross Alexander
Composer:
April 30 THE PRICE OF LOVE Playwright: Dan McRae
May 7 LITTLE MISS FRUSTRATA Playwright: Tom Eyen
Director: Tom Eyen
Composer: William Elliot
May 14 THE CIRCUS,
AT LIBERTY
Playwrights: Gerald Schoenwolf & Tenessee Williams
Directors: Donald Brooks & Danny Gershwin
May 28 THE VACATION Playwright: Pauline Smolin
Director: Neville Powers
Composer: Paul Knopf
June 4 SACHER-MASOCH, or THE ORPHAN CHRIST SOPHIA Playwright: Daniel Mauroc & Gwen Leen
June 4

 

On June 4, 1964, the first Coffee House Theatre Festival was held at The Van Dam Theatre.

The plays performed were: THE RECLUSE by Paul Foster and WHO'S AFRAID OF EDWARD ALBEE by Davis Starkweather.

June 11 THE COLLAPSE Playwright: Bruce Kessler
Director: I. Sheldon Aptekar
Composer: Louis Scere
June 18 THE ACTING LESSON
& THE SINGING LESSON
Playwright: Daniel Haben Clark
Director: Ben Hammer & Anthony Bardusk
July 2 - July 16   On July 2, the theatre was raided and closed down by the police department, the fire department, the health department, and the department of licenses. It re-opened July 16.
July 16 NEW VOICE IN POETRY (A Reading) Writers: John Hopper & Daniel Mauroc
July 23 DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL Playwright: Joseph Eppert
July 30 VIRGIN MINOS CLUE Playwright: Jack Selby
August 6 THE WORLD'S FAIR ENOUGH Playwright: Dwight Marfield
Director: Randolph Carter
Composer: Ted Dennis
August 10 QUE VIVA EL PUENTE Company: with Bogata Troupe brought to N.Y. by Edgar Negret
Playwright: Paul Foster
Director: Alan Robb
August 13 THE READING
& CHARACTERS IN A PLAY
Playwright: Ross Alexander & Vern Winkle
Director: Ross Alexander
August 20 THE FAMILY JOKE Playwright: David Starkweather
Director: Joseph Hamer
August 27 MY NEXT HUSBAND WILL BE A BEAUTY,
THE WHITE WHORE
& THE BIT PLAYER
Playwright: Tom Eyen
September 3 THE FALL OUT GAME Playwright: Alex Kemeny
Director: Bernard Hiatt
September 10 THE YEAR OF THE CENSUS Playwright: John Hopper
Director: Romeo Costea
September 17 PREVARICATIONS Playwright: Robert Sealy
Director: Robert Sealy
September 20 INTERVIEW Playwright: Daniel Haben Clark
Director: Anthony Bardusk
September 23 THE FAMILY JOKE Playwright: David Starkweather
Director: Joseph Hamer
October 7 *TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
& KINGS IX
Playwright: Donald Brooks
Director: James Dwyer & Donald Brooks
October 14 HAPPENING AT THE CAFE

Playwright: Ruth Landshoff Yorck
Director: Tom Eyen
German television filmed THE HAPPENING AT THE CAFE and Salvador Dali came opening night.

October 21 THE MAIDS Playwright: Jean Genet
Director: Tom O'Horgan
October 28 FILLING THE HOLE
& BOOKSHELF
Playwright: Donald Kvares
Director: Cliff Tobey & Ted Harris
November 4 BALLS Playwright: Paul Foster
Director: Sydney S. Walter
Composer: Gary W. Friedman
November 7 DEAR FRIENDS Playwright: James Wigfall & Steve Gary
Director: James Wigfall & Steve Gary
Composer: Tom O'Horgan & Elmer Kline
Closing night of this play, Ellen Stewart told the audience to pick up the chair they sat upon and a picture on the wall closest to them and carry them up the avenue to 122 Second Avenue, second floor. La MaMa was moving. The procession up the avenue with the audience carring the furnIture is how we moved. This space was later rented to a Puerto Rican Civil Rights group.

Cafe LaMaMa moved to 122 Second Avenue, second floor. This space was 23' x 75' x 12' high with a construction in the middle for door, john, the coffee bar and dressing room. The stage was at the back end, 23' x 10'. It seated 74, but we often squeezed in 115 people at a time.

November 11 THE WEDDING OF THE PANDA Playwright: David Novak
Director: Arthur Gorton
November 18 MITOMARU Playwright: John Renn McDonald
Director: John Renn McDonald
Composer: Michael Childs
November 25 THE AFFECTIONATE CANNIBALS: AFTER THE BALL
& LITTLE MOTHER
Playwright: Ross Alexander
Director: Ross Alexander
December 11 THE MAIDS Playwright: Jean Genet
Director: Tom O'Horgan
December 30 LITTLE MISS FRUSTRATA, OR THE DIRTY LITTLE GIRL WITH THE PAPER ROSE STUCK IN HER HEAD IS DEMENTED Playwright: Tom Eyen
Director: Tom Eyen


Admission: 75 cents