in the lounge It’s A Life! Toney Brown & Kelly Lamanna
About This Show
In 1947 the FBI released a document on the communist infiltration in American Cinema. Singled out in the document was Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life. Using the Christmas classic as a launch pad, It’s a Life meditates on the American Dream. The performance will playfully examine concepts of America, wholesomeness, the evils of capitalism, young love, anarchism, pacifism and the holiday spirit.
about the artists
Toney Brown is a director and performer living in Astoria, NY. This year, he directed the award winning short play Defenders of the Tender Gender Bender by Rich Orloff to acclaim at the Raucous Caucus Festival. His adaptation of A Crack Up at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine premiered at TNC as part of their Dream Up Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a new member of The Living Theater.
Kelly Lamanna is a director and performing artist living in Brooklyn, NY. This year, she assisted Julia Jarcho with the Terrifying at Abrons Arts Center, directed a 10-minute premiere at the Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival, and participated in a workshop at Target Margin Theatre. Directing and assisting credits include The New Group, The Culture Project, and the Berkshire Theatre Group. She is currently developing her two-woman The Mother Show with Heather Lawson and curating Your Uncle Richard, a year-long, long-distance internet art project.