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Play List 1965
Date/ Opened Show Name Details
January 13 WHO'LL TAKE MY LOVELY MAIDEN Playwright: John Roberts
Director: Bruce Craig
January 20 BALM IN GILEAD Playwright: Lanford Wilson
Director: Marshall Mason
Composer: Jerry Ragovy & Paul Kilb
February 3 CRAMBO: PARTY PARTY
& THE MICE
Playwright: Terrance Shank
Director: Cass Elliot & Terrance Shank
February 10 DOG
& ROCKING CHAIR
Playwright: Sam Shepard
Director: John Bank
February 17 THE DAY SPEAKS BUT CAN NOT WEEP Playwright: Arthur Sainer
Director: Margo Sherman
February 24 THE RECLUSE Playwright: Paul Foster
Director: Paul Morel (a.k.a. Sydney Shubert Walker)
March 10 THE FLY Playwright: Donald Brooks
Director: Donald Brooks
March 15 LOVE SONG FOR MRS. BOAS Playwright: Ruth L. Yorck
Director: Neil Flanagan
March 24 AT THE CORNER OF POPCORN ALLEY AND THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER STREET Playwright: Merrill Williams
Director: Richard Camargo
March 31 THE ESSENCE OF VENGANCE Playwright: Anthony Bastiano
Director: John Kolok
April 7 WHO PUT THE BLOOD ON MY LONGSTEMMED ROSE Playwright: Mary Mitchell
Director: Cliff Tobey
Composer: Gary W. Friedman
April 14 (Readings)
THE ASSENT,
DERLY BELOVED,
THE LAST GREAT COCKTAIL PARTY,
WINTER ROSE,
THE BEHEMOTH &
THE CROOK
Playwrights: Tom Stark Weather, Tom Topor, Tom Eyen, Donald Brooks, George Massei & Donald Brooks
Composer: Tom Eyen
April 21 THE ROPE Playwright: Norman Wexler
Director: Tony McCartney
April 28 AMERICA HURRAH
& PAVANE
Playwright: Jean-Claude Van Itallie
Director: Michael Kahn & Peter Feldman
Composer: Jean-Jacqes Perret
May 5 TRILOGY:
THE ACTING LESSON,
THE SINGING LESSON,
THE INTERVIEW
Playwright: Daniel Haben Clark
Director: Ben Hamer
May 19 YOU MAY GO HOME AGAIN Playwright: David Starkweather
May 26 OP-RA OR
"SAINT SIEGFRIED" OR
HOW TO MAKE A HERO
Playwright: Tom O'Horgan
Director: Tom O'Horgan
Composer: Tom O'Horgan
June 2 THE DRIFTER
& THE SOLIPSIST
Playwright: Walter Leyden Brown
Director: Walter Leyden Brown
June 9 THE POOR WOMAN
& THE CIRCUS
Playwright: Gerald Schoenwolf
Director: Tom O'Horgan & Varnum Evans
Composer: Tom O'Horgan
June 15 THE WHITE WHORE
& THE BIT PLAYER
Playwright: Tom Eyen
June 17 WHY HANNA'S SKIRT WON'T STAY DOWN Playwright: Tom Eyen
Director: Neil Flannagan
June 23 MR. LEONIDA CONFRONTS THE REVOLUTION,
MIME PLAY,
AROUND THE WORLD WITH AN ACTOR
Playwright: John Luca Domagiaba & Samuel Avital
Director: John Hoffman & Samuel Avital
June 28 OMY QUEEN OF THE FAERIES
& TIDY PASSIONS
Playwright: Anthony Ingrassia
June 30 LANDLORD AND HIS GOOD TENANTS Playwright: H.M. Koutoukas
Director: H.M. Koutoukas
Composer: Charles Stanley
July 8 THE CIRCLE
& MIRAGE
Playwright: Pagoon
July 14 BUNNY HOP,
IN THE WATER MARKET
& AND NOW THE WEATHER
Playwright: Jean Reavy, Robert Hart & Paul Rawlings
Director: Tom O'Horgan
July 21 HYACYNTH HALVEY
& POT OF BROTH
Playwright: Lady Gregory & William B. Yeats
Director: James Murphy
July 28 CYCLE
& THE VALUE OF MONEY
Playwright: Shirley Guy & Terry Webb
Director: Robert Rodriguez & Bruce Kessler
August   National Education Television filmed THREE PLAYS FROM LA MAMA. They were PAVANE by Jean Claude Van Itallie, FOURTEEN HUNDRED THOUSAND by Sam Shepard, and THE RECLUSE by Paul Foster. Tom O'Horgan directed the entire program.
August 4 LULLABY FOR A DYING MAN Playwright: Ruth Landshoff Yorck
Director: Ross Alexander
August 11 THE GIRL ON THE BBC Playwright: Claris Nelson
Director: Marshall Mason
August 16 THE SURROGATE Playwright: Robert Maxwell
Director: Glen Nielson
Composer: Maurcio Kagel
August 17 THE MAIDS Playwright: Jean Genet
Director: Tom O'Horgan
August 25 PUSSIES AND ROOKIES Playwright: Leonard Melfi
Director: Ralph Cook
September

 

La MaMa European Tour #1

In July 1964, a troupe of actors in Bogata (organized by Edgar Negret and Paul Foster) were invited to the Theatre Festival in Erlangen, Germany to play QUE VIVA EL PUENTE, which is HURRAH FOR THE BRIDGE in Spanish. A director in Aarhus, Denmark, named Jens Okking saw them He translated THE RECLUSE and HURRAH FOR THE BRIDGE into Danish and performed them at Svalegangen Theatre in Aarhus. Ellen Stewart and Paul Foster went there to see it.

At about this same tim, Marie Claire Charba and Jacques Lynn Colton were performing since May 1964 THE WHITE WHORE AND THE BIT PLAYER by Tom Eyen at Shakespeare and Co. Bookshop in Paris. From these first beginnings in Denmark and Paris, the idea for the first La MaMa tour was conceived.

We selected some of the best plays presented since 1962 and made up a repertory for our First European Tour. Tom O'Horgan and Ross Alexander were the two directors of the troupes. Tom was to play in Copenhagen for six weeks and Ross to play in Paris for six weeks, then each group was to switch cities. The Ross Troupe ran into trouble and the audience was poor. They returnred to New York since there were no salaries and the only money to live on came from whatever tickets were sold. Tom's troupewent well and they played both cities. They eventually settled, for the period of September 1965 to February 1966 in Copenhagen.

They played in repertory at small theatres such as The Comedie Huset, Copenhagen University, Svalegangen in Aarhus, etc. The plays were: CHICAGO by Sam Shepard, THIS IS THE RILL SPEAKING by Lanford Wilson, THE RECLUSE by Paul Foster, THANK YOU MISS VICTORIA by William Hoffman, BIRDBATH by Leonard Melfi, THE CIRCUS by Gerald Schoenwolf, WAR and AMERICA HURRAH by Jean Claude Van Itallie and THE CIRCLE by Alex Civello. The players were: Kevin Oconnor, Michael Warren Powell, Victor LiPari, Mari-Claire Charba, Jaque Lynn Colton and Tom O'Horgan. Meanwhile La MaMa in New York continued on.

September 2 THE DEMENTED WORLD OF TOM EYEN Playwright: Tom Eyen
Director: Tom Eyen
September 8 THE NAKED KING Playwright: Wesley St. John
Director: Don Price
September 15 HURRAH FOR THE BRIDGE Playwright: Paul Foster
Director: Sydney Shubert
Composer: Walter Freidman
September 22 SANDCASTLE Playwright: Lanford Wilson
Director: Marshall Mason
October 6 THE TYPIST Playwright: Murray Schisgal
Director: John Thompson
October 13 MEDEA IN THE LAUNDROMAT Playwright: H.M. Koutoukas
Director: H.M. Koutoukas
October 20 FIVE FITTS Playwright: Robert Reinhold
Director: Howard Greenberger
Composer: Gary W. Friedman
October 27 OPEN THEATRE IMPROVISATIONS Directors: Joseph Chaikin & Peter Feldman
November 3

BANG

 

BANG was a production in which 29 plawrights each wrote a three minute sketch. It was a benefit because the Buildings Department made us do extensive electrical repair. It was organized by Robert (O'Connor) Patrick. The following is a list of the plawrights involved: Joyce Aaron, Anthony Bastiano, Jean Claude Van Itallie, Walter Brown, Daniel Clark, Tom Eyen, Ted Harris, Robert Heide, William Hoffman, Douglas Kahn, Donald Kavares, Bruce Kessler, H.M. Koutoukas, Leonard Melfi, Mary Mitchell, Harvey Perr, Jean Reavey, Phill Bill Niblock, Lanford Wilson, Ruth Yorck.
November 10 DAFFOODILS AND DAISIES Playwright: Harry Rosensweig
Director: Jordan Charney
November 17 MEAT AND POTATOES Playwright: Robert Sealy
November 24 THE MADONNA IN THE ORCHARD Playwright: Paul Foster
Director: Larry Sacharow
Composer: John Herbert McDowell
December 1 MISS NEFERTITI REGRETS Playwright: Tom Eyen
Director: Tom Eyen
Composer: Ilene Berson & Tom Eyen
December 15 DREAM Playwright: Jean-Claude van Itallie
Director: Peter Feldman
Composer: Gary W. Friedman
December 18 BLUEBEARD
& THE CHEAPSKATE
Playwright: Walter Harris
Director: George Harris III
Composer: George Harris III
December 26 THE WITNESS Playwright: Tadeusz Rozewicz
Director: Karen Cross & John Holm