Photo Flash: DYING IN BOULDER Opens At La MaMa
La MaMa in association with Out of the Box Theatrics presentsthe World Premiere of DYING IN BOULDER (or the perfect place to die if you have good karma) by Linda Faigao-Hall, directed by Ian Morgan (Associate Artistic Director of The New Group).
In a quest for a "good death," a dying Caucasian-American Buddhist in Boulder, Colorado enlists her reluctant mixed-Filipino family in micromanaging her impending funeral rites. DYING IN BOULDER is a comic but moving exploration of American cultural confusion around aging and dying - and our inability to control either.
DYING IN BOULDER stars Obie Award winner Jan Leslie Harding (Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever), Fenton Li, Bernadette Quigley (Mr. Robot), Michael Rabe, and Mallory Ann Wu with a production team that includes Raven Ong (costumes),Yu-Hsuan Chen (set), Fabian Obispo (sound), Jennifer Hill (lighting) and Frank Hartley (stage manager).
Linda Faigao-Hall (playwright). Productions: The Female Heart (Diverse City Theater Company & Ensemble Studio Theater), Theater Row, NYC; The A - Word (DCT, Theater Row, NYC), Woman From the Other Side of the World, (Ma-Yi Theater, NYC), East West Players Inc. Los Angeles, CA; Asian-American Repertory Theater, San Diego, CA; InterAct Theater, Sacramento, CA); God, Sex and Blue Water (Living Image Arts, Theater Row, NYC); Sparrow (LIA, Theater Row, NYC), State Without Grace, (Pan Asian Repertory Theater, NYC; Asian-American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA); Publications/Anthologies: The Female Heart and other Plays by Linda Faigao-Hall, No Passport Press, New York, NY; The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2008, Smith & Krause; The Savage Stage - The Best Plays of Ma-Yi, New York, NY.
Ian Morgan (director) is Associate Artistic Director of The New Group. In addition to overseeing the company's mainstage season, he created and runs the NewGroup/NewWorks play development program and education programs for all ages, including the Scene 1 program for teens. He has developed many plays for the company, produced and directed in The New Group (Naked) Second Stage series, and directed the Drama Desk Award-nominated premiere of The Accomplices. Also as a director, he has mounted new work in New York at 59E59, Soho Playhouse, Stella Adler Studios, Abrons Art Center, HERE, and Theatre Row, where he premiered Linda Faigao-Hall's play Sparrow. He has workshopped new plays at places such as the O'Neill Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Barrow Group, Jewish Play Project, and the Magic Theatre. Playwrights he's collaborated with include Ghazi Albuliwi, Christina Masciotti, Brett Neveu, Scott Organ, Mishael Shulman and Zohar Tirosh-Polk, and international writers like Jelena Kajgo and Matei Visniec.
Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming with a mission to encourage artists and audiences to view theatre from a new angle ("outside the box"). Past productions include site-specific revivals of Athol Fugard's Master Harold... and the Boys (starring Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Doug Plaut), Adam Rapp's Nocturne, Bill Manhoff's The Owl and the Pussycat, and Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World.
La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa's vision of nurturing new artists and new work remains as strong today as it was when Ellen Stewart first opened the doors in 1961. La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists of all nations, cultures, races and identities. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity are inherent in the work created on our stages. Here, artists find a supportive environment for artistic exploration, and audiences are part of the development of an artist's work over time. A recipient of the 2018 Regional Theater Tony Award, and more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has been a creative home for thousands of artists, many of whom have made lasting contributions to the arts, including Blue Man Group, Ping Chong, André De Shields, Adrienne Kennedy, Harvey Fierstein, Diane Lane, Warren Leight, Michael Mayer, Tadeusz Kantor, Bette Midler, Meredith Monk, Peter Brook, David and Amy Sedaris, Julie Taymor, Kazuo Ohno, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
DYING IN BOULDER (or the perfect place to die if you have good karma) runs February 28 - March 17, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm. Running time is 90 minutes. The Downstairs at La MaMa is located at 66 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery - closest train is the F at Second Avenue. Tickets are $30 general admission or $25 for students and seniors + $1 facility fee. La MaMa also has their 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative with ten $10 tickets available for every performance (advance purchase only with code: 10AT10). Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to curtain. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.lamama.org.
Fenton Li & Mallory Ann Wu in DYING IN BOULDER. Photo by Carlos Cardona.
Fenton Li in DYING IN BOULDER. Photo by Carlos Cardona.