On Sunday, October 16th there will be a co-naming ceremony on East 4th Street, as part of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club’s 50th Anniversary World Block Party event in honor of Ellen Stewart, the late founder and artistic director of La MaMa, who passed away on January 13, 2011. La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary World Block Party will be taking place throughout the day, from 2pm – 6pm.
This 50th Anniversary World Block Party will include live performances, family activities, food tastings from neighborhood restaurants, and a puppet parade. It will with the ringing of bells throughout the neighborhood, and a presentation of a video of bells being run across the world, celebrating Ellen Stewart’s tradition of ringing a bell before every performance at La MaMa. For more information about the event visit www.lamama.org.
Celebration continues October 17, 6 – 10 p.m. with the La MaMa 50 Gala
Featuring dinner, dancing, and performances from distinguished alumni artists including BiLL IRWIN, and HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who will write a special playlet for the occasion performed by some of New York city’s greatest actors.