The 14th Street Y Theater
344 E 14th Street, New York NY 10003
Come see what happens when new theater and music collide with ancient Jewish texts.
LABAlive presents two new works from its 2013-2014 LABA Fellows, exploring the creative and destructive forces that lie within the mother, the woman and the myth.
Featuring guitar virtuoso Nadav Lev, who comes to our stage from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, presenting a new composition which explores his kibbutz childhood sleeping in communal housing in "Shomeret Layla," (The Nightwatcher).
Award-winning artist and writer Tom Block presents "La Bestia: Sweet Mother," a one-act drama about mothers who aim to create but ultimately destroy. Block's work has been praised in the Washington Post and Publisher's Weekly.
With a short teaching about Eve and Lilith, creators and destroyers in their own right, from LABA's Ruby Namdar.
"La Bestia: Sweet Mother" by Tom Block
One-act drama featuring original art, cello and dance.
This new work explores the knife's edge between creation and destruction. Inspired by the earliest texts of Genesis and other creation myths, Block weaves together a tale of three mothers, a Guatemalan immigrant, a Syrian rebel, and a CIA agent, who are forced to become destroyers. More info HERE.
"Shomeret Layla" (The Nightwatcher) by Nadav Lev
A new composition featuring the female voice, electric guitar and live electronics
Lev composed a nocturnal musical journey that explores experiences and memories from his kibbutz childhood. Each week a different woman in the kibbutz would take on the job ofshomeret layla, or the woman in charge of overseeing the communal nursery at night. This piece chronicles the encounter between the shomeret and an awoken child who is not hers.