A Series of One is a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances presented at La MaMa during our 56th season, which is centered around storytelling and personal narratives. These courageous artists exemplify La MaMa’s mission by continuing to create adventurous and engaging art which allows audiences to experience the dynamism of a single performer–no distractions.
Feb 1 & 2 at 8pm | Feb 10 at 8pm | Feb 11 at 3pm
Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth)
Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth) engages with the climate crises in a number of unexpected ways: through the lens of evolutionary time, the biblical apocalypse, and the process of growing up as a person and a society. It all takes place in the shadow of a giant hourglass. Nevertheless, the universe breathes on.
Written and Performed by Blake Sugarman
Directed by Jacob Sexton
Sound Design by Lawrence Schober
Choreography by Louisa Barta
Lighting Design by Megan Lang
“Stand-up-existentialism stumbling through the looking glass.”
– Broadway World
Feb 3 at 8pm | Feb 4 at 3pm | Feb 8 & 9 at 8pm
You Can Never Go Down The Drain:
a Musical Children’s Program for Adults in 2018
Mr. Rogers was known for saying no matter how bad things are “You can never go down the drain.” Using and abusing iconic songs from the program, Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret, puts this to the test. For this workshop performance, expect a gold fish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony.
Created by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
Written and Performed by John Jarboe
Musical Arrangement and Keyboards by Heath Allen
Directed by Suli Holum
Set and Costume Design and Construction by Rebecca Kanach
Production Manager: Calvin Anderson
Stage Manager: Katie Pidgeon
Photo by Kate Raines at Plate3 Photography
Feb 15 & 16 at 8pm | Feb 24th at 8pm | Feb 25th at 3pm
Mermaid’s Howl by Marina Celander is a fantastical One-Woman piece, full of magic and dreams. The characters are WOMAN and DAUGHTER. They speak to each other through time and space, through ocean divers and earth creatures, through madness and memories, remembering their way back to their matriline in Korea.
Written, Directed & Performed by MARINA CELANDER
Music & Soundscape by INFINITE DÅKOT-TA
Projection Design by YOUN JUNG KIM
Live Music by NEJMA NEFERTITI
Costume Design by JANE CATHERINE SHAW
Set Design by GIANMARCO LO FORTE
“The tireless Marina Celander, as the Narrator, speaks all the dialogue; the other actors express only the occasional battle cry.”
~ The New York Times
Feb 17th at 8pm | Feb 18th at 3pm | Feb 22 & 23 at 8pm
Written & Performed by Megan Metrikin
Finding Fellini centers around a Jewish woman’s escape from the brutal realities of apartheid South Africa into a Fellini infused cinematic landscape. Projection images from the maestro’s films, as well as Fellini quotes, weave together representing the creativity, freedom and vibrancy Fellini symbolizes to a woman running from the horrors of her home country where repression is the suffocating norm.
Directed and Designed by Guy De Lancey
Dramaturgy by Jack Feldstein
Created in Workshop under Direction of Carol Kaplan
2017 Best Actress & Best Production Design at United Solo Festival