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Solo Performance

In solo performances, a single actor performs a piece. In this section, you’ll find reflections on work like this, such as Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights on Daniel Alexander Jones, as well as thoughts from creators and performers like Eric Bogosian’s “Monologue as Performance.”

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Fire Season
Essay
Fire Season
Making Site-Specific Theatre About Climate Change that Could Be Threatened by Climate Change
by Alice Stanley Jr.
17 December 2020
Downtown Variety: Take 16
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Downtown Variety: Take 16
Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance
Friday 11 December 2020
United States
Downtown Variety: Take 15
Video
Downtown Variety: Take 15
Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance
Friday 23 October 2020
New York City
a person standing behind a table with multiple handheld two-way radios
Fire Season
Essay

Fire Season

Making Site-Specific Theatre About Climate Change that Could Be Threatened by Climate Change

17 December 2020

Playwright and environmentalist Alice Stanley Jr. shares her experience of Capital W’s newest immersive theatre piece, Fire Season—a play about climate change that took place in the Santa Monica Mountains during this year’s wildfires.

Downtown Variety: Take 16
Video

Downtown Variety: Take 16

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 11 December 2020
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 16 livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 11 December 2020 at 5 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 8 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Downtown Variety: Take 15
Video

Downtown Variety: Take 15

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 23 October 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 15 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 23 October 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Downtown Variety: Take 14
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Downtown Variety: Take 14

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 18 September 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 14 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 18 September 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

collage of nine stills of a person in a yellow shirt posing with yellow fruit.
Downtown Variety: Take 13
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Downtown Variety: Take 13

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 14 August 2020
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 13 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 14 August 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Seven performer headshots.
Café La MaMa Live: July Month
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Café La MaMa Live: July Month

Hosted and Curated by Mateo Hurtado, in association with the Brown Theatre Collective

Tuesday 21 July 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club presented Café La MaMa Live: July Month livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 1 p.m HST (Honoloulu UTC-10) / 3 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage, UTC-8).

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Finding a Live Audience in Virtual Theatre
Essay

Finding a Live Audience in Virtual Theatre

18 June 2020

Edward Einhorn talks about adapting his play Performance for One into an online experience.

artist on stage with green projections
Downtown Variety: X
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Downtown Variety: X

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 5 June 2020
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: X livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 5 June 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Downtown Variety: Take 9
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Downtown Variety: Take 9

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 22 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 9 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 22 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

digital image of woman's face in blue
Downtown Variety: Take 8
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Downtown Variety: Take 8

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 8 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 8 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 8 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

Benjamin Scheuer, Sean Daniels, and a production of Lauren Gunderson's The Heath
Writing the Personal Epic with Benjamin Scheuer + Sean Daniels
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Writing the Personal Epic with Benjamin Scheuer + Sean Daniels

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Monday 4 May 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Writing the Personal Epic with Benjamin Scheuer + Sean Daniels livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 4 May 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 19:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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Downtown Variety: Take 7
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Downtown Variety: Take 7

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 1 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 7 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 1 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Café La MaMa Live: Take 4
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Café La MaMa Live: Take 4

Weekly live performances that experiment with form.

Tuesday 28 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and CultureHub presented Café La MaMa Live: Take 4 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

an actor onstage
I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth
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I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth

Intersections of the Climate Crisis and Disability

28 April 2020

Performance artist Hanna Cormick talks about how she uses her body as a metaphor for the damage humans do to the earth, and calls for a more sustainable relationship to our bodies and nature.

digital image of woman's face in blue
Downtown Variety: Take 6
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Downtown Variety: Take 6

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 24 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 24 April 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

actor on webcam
Downtown Variety
Video

Downtown Variety

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 17 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 17 April 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

orange kaleidescope
Downtown Variety
Video

Downtown Variety

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 10 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 10 April 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

digital image of woman's face in blue
Downtown Variety
Video

Downtown Variety

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 3 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 3 April 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

Performer with microphone, raising their hand up
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights

Daniel Alexander Jones

16 January 2019

Todd London celebrates the work of playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones.

Telling Stories
Essay

Telling Stories

An Arab/Arab American Theatre Collaboration

20 May 2018

For the last few years, professor Catherine Coray has been helping create collaboration opportunities for theatre artists in Arab countries and the Americas. Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine is the most recent iteration, and has taken place in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Beirut.

The Orphan in Me
Essay

The Orphan in Me

Generational Trauma in Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture

6 May 2018

Dominick DeGaetano reflects on Hyung Seok Jeon’s A Held Posture, which last performed at Theaterlab in New York City in January 2018.

A Guide to Constructing Empathy
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A Guide to Constructing Empathy

19 April 2018

James Wyrwicz reflects on how two shows, Say Something Bunny! and Margarete, use found audio and video recordings as the basis for storytelling.

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry
Essay

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry

25 March 2018

Yan Chen talks with poet, performer, and playwright Kit Yan about the intersections of genre and intersections of identity in his work.

Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places
Essay

Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places

20 March 2018

Peterson Toscano describes his solo show Everything is Connected, which tackles religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, and climate change.

Dragon Lady
Essay

Dragon Lady

One Mother of a Musical

19 October 2017

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob, brings bring race, female stories, and intersectionality into the American theatre conversation.