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Event Recap: Virtual Tour of the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Archives

  • 1.  Event Recap: Virtual Tour of the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Archives

    Posted 06-01-2021 19:06

    Hello SLA-NY,

    On Tuesday May 18, SLA-NY hosted a Virtual Tour of the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Archives led by archivist Sophie Glidden-Lyon. Founded in 1961, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, is a pioneering Off-Off-Broadway theater venue located in the East Village dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The La MaMa Archives, opened to the public in 1987, collects, preserves, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa and the Off-Off Broadway movement, including photographs, programs, posters, costumes, scripts, film, props, set pieces, puppets, and musical instruments.

    Sophie began with the history of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and how the Archives started. We watched a highlight reel of digitized half-inch open reel video showing performances from the 1970s. She then took us around the space, showing us props from shows such as Na Haaz Zan (1972) put on by the Native American Theatre Ensemble, The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria (1976) with Ron Perlman, Carmilla (1970), and Elizabeth Swados' The Trojan Women. We learned that the Archives holds the history of La MaMa for researchers and artist inspiration, but some of the costumes, props, and puppets are borrowed and used again when shows are restaged.

    Below is a link to the recording of the event (apologies, I didn't start recording until about 20 minutes in) and relevant links for learning more about La MaMa and the Archives. I'm also including a link to donate to La MaMa; please give if you can to support the great work being done to support theater artists and preserve an important part of theater history. Many thanks to Sophie Glidden-Lyon for a wonderful tour.

    - Recording

    - Donate to La MaMa

    What's On @ La MaMa

    La MaMa Archives Catalog

    Highlight Reel of Digitized Half-Inch Open Reel Video

    Visiting the Archives

    Email archives@lamama.org for more information. Sophie's email is sophie@lamama.org.

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. 

    All best,

    Alice



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    Alice Griffin
    SLA-NY Board Secretary
    Digital Asset Content Administrator, Clinique
    New York, NY
    she/her | alg2179@gmail.com | 202-251-0461
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  • 2.  RE: Event Recap: Virtual Tour of the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Archives

    Posted 06-04-2021 08:17
    Alice
    This was a great virtual tour.  Thank you for following up with the links.
    This archive is now on my list to visit when I get back to visiting cultural spots in NY.

    Thanks, Clara

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    Clara Cabrera
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    DICE Co-Leader
    SLA NY Events Chair/Diversity Co-Chair

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