Following the success of the acclaimed premiere of Taylor Mac's THE WALK ACROSS AMERICAN FOR MOTHER EARTH last season, La MaMa in association with the Obie Award-winning theatre company The Talking Band present Sidney Goldfarb's play HOT LUNCH APOSTLES at the Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 E. 4 St.).
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Directed by The Talking Band's artistic director Paul Zimet, the cast of HOT LUNCH APOSTLES features the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, actor and humorist Loudon Wainwright, longtime Talking Band members Jack Wetherall ("Queer as Folk") and Will Badgett, Talking Band founding members Ellen Maddow and Tina Shepard, along with NicHi Douglas and Ed RosenBerg.
The Ellen Stewart Theatre is transformed into a fairground -- game booths, food stands and sideshows under a big tent -- for HOT LUNCH APOSTLES, a raucous, provocative mash up of sex and religion that follows a traveling troupe of carnival strippers who resort to performing Bible stories in order to survive in a climate of religious fervor and economic desperation in America.
First presented by La MaMa and The Talking Band in 1983 and revived now for the first time, HOT LUNCH APOSTLES was somewhat prophetic 29 years ago as it imagined a 21st-century America with 50 million unemployed and people hungry for any job.
Written by Sidney Goldfarb and directed by Paul Zimet, HOT LUNCH APOSTLES has music by Ellen Maddow and Harry Mann, set design by Nic Ularu, light design by Lenore Doxsee, and costumes by Kiki Smith and Jill St. Coeur.
Scheduled through March 18, HOT LUNCH APOSTLES will perform Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 and Sundays at 5:30 (with the following exception -- there will be no matinee performance on Saturday March 10).
Tickets available at the box office on 74 E. 4 St., on the phone at 212 475 7710 or online at www.lamama.org. Tickets are $25. ($20 for students and seniors).
Photo Credit: Darien Bates