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Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:46 pm EST 02/05/19

Powerhouse play at a legendary theater

La MaMa presents a Planet Connections production of Alex Raid’s exploration of the world of the millennial,

The Floor is Lava.

Production directed by Glory Kadigan,
revived and presented as part of the 57th season of LaMaMa - one of the original theaters of the Off-Off Broadway movement.

May 09 – May 19, 2019

The Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 5PM

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets

For tickets: www.lamama.org or call 212-352-3101

Sean, voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school, is not looking so successful a decade later. Reuniting with his high-school buddies at the launch party of their friend’s hugely successful app is certainly making his situation that much tenser.

Set in the mile-a-minute world consumed by social media, and all that comes with it, The Floor Is Lava explores success and jealousy as seen through the eyes of a group of millennials - the world’s new prevailing demographic. This parable of 21st century norms allows us a glimpse of the true meaning of connection.

“The Floor is Lava is a masterfully written play by Alex Riad.” Outer-Stage, Danielle Boss

“Not just for coders and PR flacks.” Culture Catch, Leah Richards and John Ziegler

Meet the Creative Team:

Alex Riad (Playwright) – Alex Riad is a New York based Playwright/Screenwriter originally from The San Francisco Bay Area. He's the Literary Fellow at The Farm Theater and member of The Actor's Studio Playwright Unit. Theatre Credits: THE FLOOR IS LAVA (Farm Theater, 2017 Planet Connections Festival Best Play), IF YOU EVER COME BY HERE and “ When You Go”, part of ZURICH, NY ( Essential Theatre Group), STANDBYS (2013 Thespis Festival), and WHERE SHE HANGS (Rondo Theatre). Film Credits: Scenes From The Underground (Feature Film, expected 2019). TV Credits: Co-Creator and Showrunner for the web series WHAT AM I DOING HERE? Streaming Online in 2019.

Glory Kadigan (Director) founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and served as The Producing Artistic Director for six seasons. She recently directed: VIVIAN'S MUSIC 1969 at 59 E 59, CLOVER by Erik Ehn at La MaMa, BANK by Lucy Thurber, MEAN GIRLS by Lyle Kessler, and BITING THE BULLET by Regina Taylor. Kadigan is also a playwright whose work has been presented in Singapore, London and New Zealand.

Izzy Fields (Scenic and Costume Design) Is NYC based; recent New York Theatre credits include BERNIE AND MIKEY’S TRIP TO THE MOON at 59 E 59, POUND at The Lion Theatre; THE OREGON TRAIL, THE WEDGE HORSE, AT THE TABLE, BREATHING TIME and THE FAIRE all for Fault Line Theatre Company. AMERIKE THE GOLDEN LAND, THE GOLDEN BRIDE, LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME and FYVUSH FINKEL LIVE! all at National Theatre Folksbiene. THE CRUCIBLE, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK and THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE all at Atlantic Theatre Company. A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at Secret Theatre; CONSENT at Roundabout Black Box; AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE at Joyce Theatre; SHIPS at The Wild Project. Winner of Outstanding Costume Design from Planet Connections. She is a proud member of 829 and 764. www.izzyfieldsdesigns.com

Kryssy Wright (Lighting Design) is a Lighting and Scenic Designer living in Brooklyn. Since relocating to Brooklyn she has designed and built sets, designed and hung light plots, stage managed, set up audio and video systems, production managed, tech directed, and swept a lot of floors. While in NYC, Kryssy has worked with The Ensemble Studio Theater, Columbia University, INTAR, Noemie LaFrance, PS 122, Danspace, Abrons Art Center, and many others. Currently Kryssy is The Technical Director and Resident Designer of The Theater at the 14 Street Y. She is an Associate Artist with Third Rail Projects, whom with she was awarded a Bessie, Avant Media, and LABA. Her degree is from Bennington College.

Jacob Subotnick (Sound Design) Jacob is a NYC based Composer and Sound Designer who has designed over 100 Off and Off-Off Broadway Productions, Selected NYC Theater: THE ELEPHANT MAN ( Nominated Outstanding Original Music NYITA 2018); THE BALLAD OF RODRIGO ( Nominated Outstanding Original Music NYITA 2015); VIRUS ATTACKS HEART ( Nominated Outstanding Sound Design Planet Connections 2014), TULPA OR ANNE AND ME ( Winner: Outstanding Sound Design 2011). www.jacobsubotnick.com

Kim Marie Jones (Assistant Producer) has over twenty plus years of experience as a General Manager, Producer, Assistant Producer, Stage Manager, and Lighting Designer. Kim is an alumnae of St. John's University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts/NY. She is a Member of AEA, The Workshop Theatre Company, Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU), and The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW). Most recent projects include Production Manager/Member of GM Team for The 2018 New York New Works ( NYNW) Theatre Festival at The Acorn Theatre, Theatre Row; Production Manager for AMERICAN CAPTIVES: LENA BAKER AND SANDRA BLAND Written and Performed by Connie Winston at Dixon Place; and Assistant Producer for TILL WE MEET AGAIN written by Glory Kadigan and directed by Tonya Pinkins – Presented by Planet Connections and Co-Presented by The 14 Street Y.

Lucia Bellini (Assistant Director), Aka “ Lu”, is a Director and Actor for film and theatre. Member of Wednesday Repertory Company and NY Madness. Lu is proud to have won the award for Outstanding Direction of a Staged Reading for WHO MOURNS FOR BOB THE GOON? At Planet Connections in 2015. Her collaboration continued assisting Glory Kadigan for Planet Connections in 2017 and 2018. Recent credits include Direction of The 2018 Planet Connections Award Ceremony at The Abrons Arts Center's Play House Theatre.

Jenna R. Lazar (Managing Director of Planet Connections) is a New York-based Stage Manager and Production Manager, and has been on staff of Planet Connections for seven seasons, first as Technical Director and now as Managing Director. Selected Favorites: WE ARE THE TIGERS (Theatre 80); THE MAD ONES ( Prospect Theater Company); THE DRAWER BOY (Soho Playhouse); NEXT TO NORMAL – A BENEFIT CONCERT ( QOD); SUMMER SHORTS (Eight Seasons – 59 E 59); PAINT MADE FLESH (The Cell); PETE(HER)PAN (NYTB); THE WOOLGATHERER ( Dir. Chazz Palminteri); ORDER (Dir. Austin Pendleton); AMERICAN RAPTURE (Dir. Alexander Dinelaris); and HAMLET. Proud Member AEA.

Jay Michaels (Press Representative) took the knowledge he acquired as a commercial casting director, stage director/producer; Broadway/National Tour promotional manager, media and advertising manager; speech writer; and television associate producer and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for stage and film productions on the East & West coasts. A professor of communications, himself, Jay Michaels appears as a guest speaker throughout the tri-state area. www.jaymichaelsarts.com

Kat Meister (Stage Manager) (They/Them) Selected Credits: PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE 2017-2018, CLOVER (Planet Connections); HAMLET, ROMEO & JULIET ( Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); HYENA (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Solo Festival, La MaMa); MACHINAL, HOAX, JULIUS CAESAR, UBI ROI, THE BLUEPRINT SPECIALS, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR ( Waterwell), Graduate of The University of Southern California. @meisterkate

About La MaMa: La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa's vision of nurturing new artists and new work remains as strong today as it was when Ellen Stewart first opened the doors in 1961. La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists of all nations, cultures, races and identities. Cultural pluralism and ethnic diversity are inherent in the work created on our stages. Here, artists find a supportive environment for artistic exploration, and audiences are part of the development of an artist’s work over time. A recipient of the 2018 Regional Theater Tony Award, and more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, LaMaMa has been a creative home for thousands of artists, many of whom have made lasting contributions to the arts, including Blue Man Group, Ping Chong, André De Shields, Adrienne Kennedy, Harvey Fierstein, Diane Lane, Warren Leight, Michael Mayer, Tadeusz Kantor, Bette Midler, Meredith Monk, Peter Brook, David and Amy Sedaris, Julie Taymor, Kazuo Ohno, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
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