Apr 7, 2020

Café La MaMa Live: Take 1

Curated by Theo Cote

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Weekly live performances that experiment with form.  Responding to calls for social isolation, Café La MaMa Live brings La MaMa’s 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance. Guest curators each week give artists a digital platform to share their work with the world.

This Week:
Curator Theo Cote creates an evening of music, dance, poetry and short stories!

Artists include Amy Lawless, Rebecca Layton, Evan Gill Smith, Office Culture, Annie Rigney, Jeremy Wiles-Young and Ariel Yelen

Please support La MaMa as we create radical ways to connect you
with online happenings and audience engagement in this time of isolation.

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Evan Gill Smith’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Washington Square Review, Atlanta Review, Prelude, Epiphany, Shrew, No Dear, and Horsethief. His work has been recognized by grants and fellowships from Kettle Pond and Art Farm, as well as a 2019 Pushcart Nomination. Evan produces poetry videos for the series Poeta on 8-Ball TV and also performs in several musical projects. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing in the CUNY system.

Headshot of Amy Lawless

Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead and Broadax (both from Octopus Books). The chapbook A Woman Alone is out from Sixth Finch. She is also the co-author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected from Pioneer Works. Her poems appear widely in print and online, and she was a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.

Headshot of Rebecca A. Layton

Rebecca A. Layton is an artist and writer based in Berlin, Germany and Brooklyn, New York.

Hedshot of Office Culture

Office Culture is a Brooklyn band led by singer-songwriter Winston Cook-Wilson. He also performs music as Winston C.W.

Headshot of Annie Rigney

Annie Rigney is a New York based dancer, choreographer and Ilan lev therapist. She grew up in Berkeley, CA and began her dance training at age 3. After graduating from the dance Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, she apprenticed with the Batsheva Ensemble, performing works by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. She later danced with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and freelanced with LeeSaar the company and Gallim Dance. in 2015, Annie joined the cast of Sleep No More, Punchdrunk’s acclaimed immersive show, and stayed with the company until early 2019. She is currently part-time faculty at University of the Arts in PA, and SUNY Purchase, and is teaching Gaga and creating her own work in and around the New York area.

Headshot of Jeremy Wiles-Young

Jeremy Wiles-Young is an artist living and working in New York City. He is 32 years old.

Ariel Yelen’s poems & critical work have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, BOMB, Washington Square Review, Conjunctions, BOAAT, The Felt, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, and serves as the Associate Editor for Futurepoem, where she also curates the blog futurefeed.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

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