Oct 25, 2016

Archives Week 2016: The La Mama Archive Open House

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The La Mama Archive Open House Highlights

La Mama Experimental Theatre

Join La Mama for an afternoon Open House in the Archives

RSVP: archives@lamama.org or 212-260-2471


1) The Archive director’s tour explores 5000 square foot space which includes displays of set pieces, costumes, music instruments, puppets, books and paintings related to the 55 year history of La Mama and the Off-Off Broadway theatre movement. La Mama’s archive collections offer an unusually intimate perspective on the major American social, cultural, aesthetic and political movements begun in the 1960’s.

2) A tour of the central archive office: See individual production show files, original scripts, photographs, posters, masks and awards. The collection includes works by Lanford Wilson, Tom O’Horgan, Tom Eyen, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, Leonard Melfi, Nancy Fales, Leslie Lee, Megan Terry among many others.

3) Visitors will view a short compilation video of La Mama’s history and performances by resident and international visiting companies; interviews of early La Mama artists; Diane Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Joel Zwick and Sam Shepard.

4) Meet with archive personnel currently implementing “Collective Access” an on-line cataloging system that insures that archive materials are made available to the greater public.

This is a living archive. La Mama’s four theatres produce 50 to 90 productions a season. New archival materials are being continually added to our collections. The archive, which is open to the public, is an essential resource of information for scholars, students, educators and all artists.


Founded in 1979, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 650 archivists, librarians, and records managers in the New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories.

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La MaMa Archive


Established in the early 1970’s, La MaMa Archives collects, preserves, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa and the Off-Off Broadway movement. In doing so, it draws on a deep vein of in-house institutional memory, the passionate community of artists whose work has found a home on La MaMa stages, and a diversity of scholars, educators and international artists with whom we regularly collaborate.

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