Amy Surratt's FIRST AND LAST (SHOW) to Play La MaMa This June

By: Jun. 02, 2017
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Experimental theatre artist Amy Rox Surratt, and a supporting ensemble, create fictionally famous reality TV child star "Amy Surratt." At home, things have been heading South for a while.

Now, "Amy" investigates her genuine Appalachian roots and struggles to come back to something she never really had - taking the audience to hell in a hand basket with her. The result is a surreal Appalachian love letter to historical and personal traumas.

Queering authentic Americana through a pastiche of stereotypes, this FIRST and LAST (show) reveals the tragicomedy of fractured identities and origins -- don't worry, though -- we got enough mason jars, bluegrass jams, rusted cars, and southern fried meta-theatrics for everyone.

Home is where your hell is! Y'all come back now.

IF YOU GO:

Amy Surratt's FIRST and LAST (show)

Written and Performed by Amy Rox Surratt

Created in collaboration with Kristen Holfeuer & Tosha Rachelle Taylor

Dramaturgy by Lois Weaver

Scenic Design by Gregory Laffey, Costume Design by Dusty Childers (aka Dust Tea Shoulders), Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin, Video & Projection Design by s.o. O'Brien & Erin Lemkey.

Performances: June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 9:30PM, & Sundays at 6PM

At The Club Theater, 74a East 4th St, New York, NY

Tickets: $20 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors/10 $10 tickets available for each performance. Tickets available online at www.lamama.org or by phone at 212 352 3101.

For more about the show, visit www.lamama.org/amy_surratt.

Amy Rox Surratt (Writer/Performer) is a collaborative theatre artist specializing in directing and developing new and experimental theatre works. Her work has been featured at La MaMa, Access Theater, TheatreLAB-RVA, the New York International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and in collaboration with Split Britches and Mabou Mines. She served as assistant to director David Neumann on his COIL 2017 presentation of I Understand Everything Better at The Chocolate Factory. In 2016 Surratt co-produced Hyena, at La MaMa, as well as its presentation at the 2016 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and the 2016 United Solo Festival. She is currently Producing Associate for La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, 2012. She is from Southern Appalachia.

Kristen Holfeuer (Director) Born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, Kristen has worked across Canada as a director, actor, choreographer, and producer for both independent and regional theatre companies. She received training from the One Yellow Rabbit Intensive, Magnetic North Compass Points program, Luminato Festival Copycat Academy, Old Trout Puppet Workshop, The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Globe Theatre Conservatory Actor Training Program, and Nightwood Theatre's Female Director's Summit. Kristen is the founder of Kamikaze Archive Theatre which creates and produces inventive, movement-based theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program. M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch.

Tosha Rachelle Taylor (Co-writer) is a writer and academic originally from Southern Appalachia who specializes in horror and popular media. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in severAl Small, independent literary magazines including The Blotter, Danse Macabre, Conte, Gertrude, The Subtopian, and Printer's Devil Review. Recent academic publications include chapters and articles on the cinematic work of Christopher Nolan, sexuality and class in American Horror Story, and studies of gendered subjectivities in American graphic novels. She has taught film studies, feminist and American theatre, literature, and language in the United States and the United Kingdom. She holds a PhD in English from Loughborough University.

Mistakes Made Theatrical Co. is a collaborative theatre-making venture producing original contemporary theatre. Founded by Amy Rox Surratt -- this is the first undertaking by MMTC. Dedicated to embracing the unknown and the experimental, MMTC invites discovery through the process of making "glorious mistakes" -- a philosophy of theatre development which values "mistakes" as having potential for opportunity and deeper meaning.

La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The organization has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nations. A recipient of more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has helped launch the careers of countless artists, many of whom have made important contributions to American and international arts milieus.

La MaMa's 55th season celebrates the creative and collective histories of La MaMa's local and global communities. Since its beginning, La MaMa has forged creative partnerships with artists based in different parts of the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. In recent years, these long-term relationships have taken on new life through distance collaborations over the Internet. The 55th season embraces new pathways forged in performance and technology to connect the myriad experiences, politics, conflicts, aesthetics, intimacies and dreams of people and communities participating in an increasingly globalized world.



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