La MaMa in Association with New Heritage Theatre Group presents the World Premiere of LISSABON. In the tradition of the great Absurdists, Hristo Hristov directs this new abstract play written by Bulgarian eminent artist Zachary Karabashliev. LISSABON will have a limited run at La MaMa First Floor Theatre,
from March 27 –April 13, 2014.
In LISSABON, five humans meet in an empty space. Each one, individually, is determined to escape & be free. The space is the place, the place & time are unknown. The characters are A, B, C, D & a girl. Is this reality or a game of the mind? Are they going to find out who they are, what they are & why they are?
Featured in this AEA Showcase Production are James Edward Becton*, Sean Carvajal*, Aixa Kendrick, Tony Naumovski* & Christopher Sutton.* LISSABON has Scenic & Light Design by Christophe Pierre, Costume Design by David Withrow, Sound Design by David D. Wright & General Management by Debra Ann Byrd.
Hristo Hristov (Director) is an internationally acclaimed actor, screenwriter, producer, director &
teacher, who graduated from the Bulgarian National Academy of Theater & Film Arts with an MA in acting. He has played over 90 roles in Bulgaria, Romania, Spain & the USA & he has worked with some of the most reputable directors, including Robert De Niro, Robert M. Young, Ridley Scott, Sidney Lumet, Adam Davidson, Phillip Noyce, Michael Baez & Robert Margolis. He has written 14 screenplays & acted, directed & produced plays & movies which have won awards in various international theatre & film festivals. Hristov co-founded the production company Baez Entertainment, where he co-produced more than 200 commercials & several movies, including Racket, which was in the official selection of 6 film festivals & won “Best Film” in The Directors Cut in New York & “Best Cinematography” in the Texas Independent Filmmakers Film Festival. La MaMa (Co-Producer) Ellen Stewart founded La MaMa in 1961 in a tiny basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She dedicated it to the playwright & all aspects of the theatre.
Today, La MaMa is a world renowned cultural institution recognized as the seed bed of new work by artists of all nations & cultures. Our interest has been in the people who make art & it is to them that we give our support with free theatre & rehearsal space, lights, sound, props, platforms & whatever else we have that they can use to create their work. We want them to feel free to explore their ideas & translate them into a theatrical language that can communicate to any person in any part of the world.
Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group (Co-Producer) now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is the oldest Black non-profit theatre company in New York City. NHTG was originally established in 1964, under the name New Heritage Repertory Theatre, by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor & lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative & quality productions & to preserve & institutionalize classic works of Black theatre. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music & theatre producer, took over the company. 1997 marked a new phase for the company, embarking on a new journey of growth & development when Jamal Joseph, an award-winning writer, director, documentary filmmaker & educator, joined the organization as Executive Artistic Director. Under the leadership of both Mr. Rivers & Mr. Joseph, the theatre company reorganized & expanded its mission. It took on the current title New Heritage Theatre Group & transformed into a leading New York City non-profit arts organization, serving tens of thousands of community members & youth. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative & quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings & documentary shorts & films. Through its umbrella organizations, Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep & New Heritage Films, they outreach to the New York City & world community, giving training, exposure & experience to new & emerging artists. Their works reflect the historical, social & political experiences of African & Latino descendants in America & abroad, seeking to bring attention to works by international writers, directors & performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country, but lack exposure in the United States.
March 27 –April 13 ~ Thurs-Sat @ 7:30pm & Sun @ 2:30pm
La MaMa First Floor Theatre ~ 74A East 4th Street, NYC
TICKETS: $18/$13 – seniors & students
RESERVATIONS: Box Office: (212) 475-7710