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Play List 1968
Date/ Opened Show Name Details
January 4 CHANGES
La MaMa Troupe
Company: La MaMa Troupe
Playwright: Megan Terry
Director: Tom O'Horgan
Composer: Tom O'Horgan
January 10 Fischer Playwright: Yoram Porat
Director: Carl Eigsti
Composer: Tom O'Horgan
January 25

FUTZ,
TOM PAINE (parts I & II),
TIMES SQUARE
& MELODRAMA PLAY

Company: La MaMa Troupe
Playwright: Rochelle Owens, Paul Foster, Leonard Melfi & Sam Shepard
Director: Tom O'Horgan
Composer: Tom O'Horgan
The La MaMa Troupe returned from their last tour and presented these plays
February 1 THE MOONDREAMERS Playwright: Julie Bovasso
Director: Julie Bovasso
February 20 HUNG
& ROOMATES
Playwright: Tom Murrin
Director: Edward Setrakian & Robert Haddad
February 29 CHICAGO
Company: La MaMa Troupe
Playwright: Sam Shepard
Director: Tom O'Horgan
March 6 THE CYLINDER,
COMPLEXIONS
& INSIDE OUT
Company: La MaMa Plexus
Playwright: Victor Copi & Jan Quackenbush
Director: Stanley Rosenberg
March 21 RECESS
Company: American Exploratory Theatre
Playwright: Dolores Walker & Andrew Piotrowski
Director: Rule Royce Johnson
March RECESS,
TOM PAINE
The play RECESS was made into a film. Also, TOM PAINE with the La MaMa Troupe opened at Stage 73
March 27 A SENSE OF WILDFLOWERS Playwright: Bruce Comer
Director: David O'Neill
Composer: Bruce Comer & Dan Fox
April 11 HAVING FUN IN THE BATHROOM Playwright: Leonard Melfi
Director: Edward Setrakian
Composer: Christopher Allport
April 17 KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED IN A COOL
DRY PLACE
Playwright: Megan Terry
Director: Glen Jordan
Composer: Sam Pottle
April

HAIR

by Jerry Ragni and Jim Rado, directed by Tom O'Horgan opened on Broadway. Although not a La MaMa Production, we felt intimately connected.
April 29 SEVENTEEN BOXES
& LET THERE BE LIGHT
Playwright: Raphael Bunuel
Director: Larry Luckinbill
June

FUTZ

 

by Rochelle Owens directed by Tom O'Horgan with the La MaMa Troupe opened at the Theatre de Lys.

La MaMa at 122 Second Avenue, second floor, closed. During august of 1967, La MaMa was awarded its first grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for $65,000. $44,000 was for the La MaMa Troupe, $6,000 were for productions expenses, and $15,000 was to go to purchase a permanent building for La MaMa. Therefore, we did not renew the lease on 122 Second Avenue, and the space was rented to The Naked Grape, a clothing store.

The new home of La MaMa was at 74A East 4th Street. It had been built for a German singing club, Die Ascenbroedel-Verein (the Cinderella Club), with busts of Mozart, Beethoven and Hayden over the 2nd floor windows; then it was the hygrade hotdog factory; then it was vacant and ruined for several years. So, while waiting for renovations to be completed, we opened temporarily on the second floor of 9 St. Mark's Place.

August

MASSACHUSETTS TRUST,
THE LABYRINTH

Ellen Stewart organized an International Theatre Theatre Festival at Brandeis University un Waltham, Mass. Among the productions were: MASSACHUSETTS TRUST by Megan Terry, directed by Tom O'Horgan and the La MaMa Troupe; Max Stafford-Clark and his company from Edinburgh with a play by Stanley Eveling; Jerome Savary and his compny from Paris with THE LABYRINTH by Fernando Arrabal.
October

Tom O'Horgan and the La MaMa Troupe went to Jenny Lind, California to make a film of FUTZ!