La Mama Experimental Theatre

74A East 4th St

La MaMa Experimental Theatre is a world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart. For 44 years La MaMa has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance wor... more

La MaMa Experimental Theatre is a world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart. For 44 years La MaMa has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Since La MaMa's doors first opened in 1961, their primary dedication has been to new works. Many of the best plays and playwrights of the 60's and 70's have come from La MaMa's lower East Side stages and workshops. The face of Theatre as we now know it on Broadway and beyond was influenced by and infused with the spirit and work of La MaMa artists. To date La MaMa has presented over 1000 original scores on their stages. Creative risk-taking, experimentation, and challenging artistic boundaries have always been the focus of the work created and performed at La MaMa. La Mama envisions art as a universal language. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity have been inherent in the work created at La MaMa. To sustain this global vision, La Mama has become one of this country's foremost presenters of international performance and calls artists from over seventy nations part of the La MaMa family. ... more

La MaMa Experimental Theatre is a world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart. For 44 years La MaMa has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures.

Since La MaMa's doors first opened in 1961, their primary dedication has been to new works. Many of the best plays and playwrights of the 60's and 70's have come from La MaMa's lower East Side stages and workshops. The face of Theatre as we now know it on Broadway and beyond was influenced by and infused with the spirit and work of La MaMa artists. To date La MaMa has presented over 1000 original scores on their stages. Creative risk-taking, experimentation, and challenging artistic boundaries have always been the focus of the work created and performed at La MaMa. La Mama envisions art as a universal language. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity have been inherent in the work created at La MaMa. To sustain this global vision, La Mama has become one of this country's foremost presenters of international performance and calls artists from over seventy nations part of the La MaMa family.

La MaMa has been honored with over thirty Obie Awards, dozens of Drama Desk Awards, Bessie Awards and Villager Awards. La MaMa has an incredible roster of theatre, movie and multi-media luminaries for whom La MaMa was an early artistic home.


La MaMa began as a tiny basement theatre dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre. In the past 44 years, La MaMa has grown into an arts complex of national and international celebrity. La MaMa houses three theaters, "The First Floor Theatre", "The Club" and "The Annex", an art gallery, a 6-story rehearsal/studio building, and a extensive archive documenting the history of off-off Broadway theatre.

The First Floor theater is a small, intermediate space in which plays that are in a developmental stage are created. The large theatre, the La MaMa Annex, had it's official opening on October 18, 1974. The Annex has near perfect acoustics and has become a world-class venue. Because of its flexible design, companies can construct their world within its walls. It is a chameleon space that changes to suit the art that it embraces. The Annex has been a "port of entry" for artists from around the world. It is a spiritual place where artists can work without fear. The Club, La MaMa's cabaret space, gives voice to established and emerging multi-disciplinary performance artists.


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La Mama Experimental Theatre is located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Long before the musical "Rent" brought in legions of pierced, tattooed teenagers from every corner of America (and drove up the rents), the East Village was an eclectic mix of elderly Ukranians and Poles, Dominican and Puerto Rican families, and assorted artists, wanna-be bohemians, punks, their followers, lovers and friends. (Did we leave anyone out?) Largely gone are the heroin dealers, all night parties, punk music extravaganzas and infamous Bagel Tree of the 1980s and early 1990s, but the real landmarks remain, including the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Tompkins Square Park, and Cooper Union. The Public offers some of New York’s finest Off-Broadway Theater as well as Joe’s Pub, with a diverse variety of live shows. Beautiful Tompkins Square Park offers something for everyone, including dog runs, basketball courts, a weekly market, outdoor music events, and occasionally local characters chatting late into the night to infrequent riots. To be fair, few other parks in America have played such an important role in radical or anarchist history.

Many long-time residents complain of the neighborhood’s recent gentrification, and skyrocketing rents forced even legendary punk club CBGB's to exit the neighborhood, replaced by a John Varvatos boutique. And while there are truly many new restaurants and boutiques dotting Avenues A, B and C, lots of the famous watering holes, dives, and other unclassifiably scrappy bars remain. Some of our favorites include Mars on lower First Avenue, Zum Schneider on Avenue C, 2A on the corner of Second Street and Avenue A, and Lit Lounge, with its adjoining Fuse Gallery. Make sure to check out the Polish butcher stores on First Avenue and the nearby Italian pastry shops, walk along the Ukranian strip of Second Avenue, try one of the Japanese restaurants on East Ninth Street, and also walk along St. Marks Place, one of New York’s most eclectic streets.

East 4th Street's Theater Row boasts cultural buildings which house eight theaters and twelve dance companies as well as a couple of community development groups. Among its members are New York Theater Workshop, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., WOW Cafe Theatre, Millennium Film Workshop, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Teatro Circulo, Downtown Art, Alpha Omega Dance Co., Choices Theater, Teatro IATI, Cooper Square Committee and Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association.

The Nuyorican Poets Café is still going strong on East Third Street between Avenues B and C. Since 1973 its mission has been to create a multi-cultural venue that provides a stage for artists traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream media and culture. Poetry slams, theater performances, open jam sessions for hip-hop, poetry and jazz, as well as unique screenplay readings all take place on a weekly basis in this intimate cultural setting.

For film buffs, we would be remiss not to mention the Anthology Film Archives on East 2nd Street, a local theater best known for consistently showing the finest in avant-garde and experimental cinema. We also recommend the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, home away from home for those who enjoy great acoustics and the company of die hard independent film fans.

The East Village is also home to the trendy Cooper Square Hotel as well as the charming Gem Hotel, making it a great neighborhood to enjoy your stay in New York.

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74A East 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-7710
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10:00am - 6:00pm

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Zombie Asian Moms

Iconic Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama are defying their parents’ wishes for them to “quit the arts and apply to medical school” to bring their latest mashup of comedy, electric violin, punk rock spoken word and video to a stage rife with the haunting lore of Asian Mom-ness. Zombie Asian Moms is a ge... [ + ]nre busting performance by a multidisciplinary duo known for searing takes on Asian American culture and the politics of representAsian. Drawing on oral history interviews with live Asian Moms, a combined 80 years of filtering undead brain waves from of our own Asian moms, and the myths about Asian moms in popular culture, this show is for everyone curious to discover universal truths about crazy moms.

Zombie Asian Moms is the follow up show to the award-winning Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show from Asian American Sheroes Slanty Eyed Mama. This classically trained duo causes all-out Amerasian mayhem with their high energy, stereotype busting, Asian woman powered music and comedy. It’s genre defying, description eluding, performance art virtuosity that fuses race and diversity messaging with a pop culture sensibility. Zombie Asian Moms focuses on the chasms between immigrant parents and their Westernized children, and the beauty of intersectionality found right inside this kind of new American family circle. The two artists’ personal relationships to their Asian moms serve as a pathway to larger discussions about culture and motherhood drawn from Oral History interviews with Asian Moms.

11/29/2018 08:00 PM
Thu, November 29
8:00PM
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Zombie Asian Moms

Iconic Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama are defying their parents’ wishes for them to “quit the arts and apply to medical school” to bring their latest mashup of comedy, electric violin, punk rock spoken word and video to a stage rife with the haunting lore of Asian Mom-ness. Zombie Asian Moms is a ge... [ + ]nre busting performance by a multidisciplinary duo known for searing takes on Asian American culture and the politics of representAsian. Drawing on oral history interviews with live Asian Moms, a combined 80 years of filtering undead brain waves from of our own Asian moms, and the myths about Asian moms in popular culture, this show is for everyone curious to discover universal truths about crazy moms.

Zombie Asian Moms is the follow up show to the award-winning Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show from Asian American Sheroes Slanty Eyed Mama. This classically trained duo causes all-out Amerasian mayhem with their high energy, stereotype busting, Asian woman powered music and comedy. It’s genre defying, description eluding, performance art virtuosity that fuses race and diversity messaging with a pop culture sensibility. Zombie Asian Moms focuses on the chasms between immigrant parents and their Westernized children, and the beauty of intersectionality found right inside this kind of new American family circle. The two artists’ personal relationships to their Asian moms serve as a pathway to larger discussions about culture and motherhood drawn from Oral History interviews with Asian Moms.

11/30/2018 08:00 PM
Fri, November 30
8:00PM
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Zombie Asian Moms

Iconic Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama are defying their parents’ wishes for them to “quit the arts and apply to medical school” to bring their latest mashup of comedy, electric violin, punk rock spoken word and video to a stage rife with the haunting lore of Asian Mom-ness. Zombie Asian Moms is a ge... [ + ]nre busting performance by a multidisciplinary duo known for searing takes on Asian American culture and the politics of representAsian. Drawing on oral history interviews with live Asian Moms, a combined 80 years of filtering undead brain waves from of our own Asian moms, and the myths about Asian moms in popular culture, this show is for everyone curious to discover universal truths about crazy moms.

Zombie Asian Moms is the follow up show to the award-winning Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show from Asian American Sheroes Slanty Eyed Mama. This classically trained duo causes all-out Amerasian mayhem with their high energy, stereotype busting, Asian woman powered music and comedy. It’s genre defying, description eluding, performance art virtuosity that fuses race and diversity messaging with a pop culture sensibility. Zombie Asian Moms focuses on the chasms between immigrant parents and their Westernized children, and the beauty of intersectionality found right inside this kind of new American family circle. The two artists’ personal relationships to their Asian moms serve as a pathway to larger discussions about culture and motherhood drawn from Oral History interviews with Asian Moms.

12/01/2018 08:00 PM
Sat, December 01
8:00PM
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Zombie Asian Moms

Iconic Amerasian duo Slanty Eyed Mama are defying their parents’ wishes for them to “quit the arts and apply to medical school” to bring their latest mashup of comedy, electric violin, punk rock spoken word and video to a stage rife with the haunting lore of Asian Mom-ness. Zombie Asian Moms is a ge... [ + ]nre busting performance by a multidisciplinary duo known for searing takes on Asian American culture and the politics of representAsian. Drawing on oral history interviews with live Asian Moms, a combined 80 years of filtering undead brain waves from of our own Asian moms, and the myths about Asian moms in popular culture, this show is for everyone curious to discover universal truths about crazy moms.

Zombie Asian Moms is the follow up show to the award-winning Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show from Asian American Sheroes Slanty Eyed Mama. This classically trained duo causes all-out Amerasian mayhem with their high energy, stereotype busting, Asian woman powered music and comedy. It’s genre defying, description eluding, performance art virtuosity that fuses race and diversity messaging with a pop culture sensibility. Zombie Asian Moms focuses on the chasms between immigrant parents and their Westernized children, and the beauty of intersectionality found right inside this kind of new American family circle. The two artists’ personal relationships to their Asian moms serve as a pathway to larger discussions about culture and motherhood drawn from Oral History interviews with Asian Moms.

12/02/2018 08:00 PM
Sun, December 02
8:00PM
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