Voyages, the new play by Lonely Christopher, is about the short life of Modernist poet Hart Crane as he attempts to create a “mystic synthesis” of American culture in his writing while dealing with debilitating familial psychodrama and the dangers of loving men in a homophobic society. Careening through the Prohibition years in Cleveland, New York City, Hollywood, and the Gulf of Mexico, the drunken author challenges and attempts to transcend the moral order of his time and place. Surviving privation, humiliation, and the wages of vagabondage, Hart Crane negotiates the foibles and prejudices of literary friends and runs into the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Malcolm Cowley, Isadora Duncan, Jean Toomer, and Ramon Navarro. Openly queer and with a penchant for sailors, Crane’s sex life is as scandalous and radical as his baroque, mythical, and yet strongly modern American verse. Exhaustively researched and full of linguistic pyrotechnics, Voyages animates the world of Hart Crane as never before. Join the poet on his voyage to discover Atlantis!
Gore Abrams as Hart Crane
& Stephen Ira as a Young Hustler
Experiments Play Reading Series
Now accepting submissions! For the 21st season of La MaMa Experiments we will focus on theatre-makers working outside the American experience. Whether it’s plays about navigating the UK’s National Health Service or escaping an arranged marriage in India’s upperclass society, each month during our season we will present works in progress that explore universal themes set in frameworks foreign to most Americans.