A few months ago I started working with Fifth Wall, a Theater Company based in New York…
I joined Fifth Wall to help this heterogeneous group of artists become officially what they had unofficially been for the last three years, a Performing Arts company!
The members of the company have been working for almost three years with a play, 39 Defaults. Mar Gómez Glez, the playwright, contact me and I met Pep Muñoz, a Catalan actor and main caracter of the play. Soon I met the rest of the company. At the end of summer, Fifth Wall became a Theater Company, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization.
The first goal of the company was to take 39 Defaults to La MaMa…
A Catalan political activist on the run from the law is invited by an American woman into her New York apartment. In this intimate and interactive theatrical space shared by both audience and actors, attraction battles suspicion, and the fractured encounter between the characters prompts the question: is trust really possible in an era when hospitality meets surveillance?
The story behind the play is based on the actual Enric Durán, also known as Robin Bank. Durán is a Catalan activist that announced he “robbed” dozens of Spanish banks, from which he took nearly 500.000 euros in loans, as part of a political action.
The Club at LaMaMa ETC will provide the unique theatrical setting to ensure that audiences sitting in close proximity of the play’s action will have a near voyeuristic experience.The piece features an innovative and interactive set design by Feli Lamenca and a staging by director Julian Mesri that encourages the audience to push the relations between spectator and participant, sharing their world with the performers Kelly Haran and Pep Munoz.
But let me tell you a little bite of the history of 39 Defaults…
In December 2011, an early version of 39 Defaults was played in an apartment in Brooklyn for three weeks. Only 12 people were allowed in the audience. After that, it was performed at Casa Mezcal, as a part of Teatro Stage Fest 2011, in June 2012 and again in November and December 2012. Then, Nicky Paraiso, programming director of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, saw the play and decide to take 39 Defaults to La MaMa.
And here we are!
Fifth Wall is proud to have 39 Defaults presented at the prestigious La MaMa theatre!!!
Tomorrow, Friday January 31st 2014 La MaMa presents 39 Defaults.
Check our dates, only 6 performances!!!
Friday January 31 at 10pm
Saturday February 1 at 10pm
Sunday February 2 at 5.30pm
Friday February 7 at 10pm
Saturday February 8 at 10pm
Sunday February 9 at 5.30pm
The Club at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street on the 2nd floor
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Regular Ticket: $18;
Students and seniors Ticket: $13;
Box office: 212.475.7710
I love being a part of that. Believe me you shouldn’t miss it!!!!
See you at La MaMa!!!!