“For the last two years, like so many artists, I wondered if we would ever make it back. If I would ever be able to return to the magic trick of live performance…” – Justin Elizabeth Sayre
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club will present the world premiere of To Build a Soul – a new solo work by downtown playwright and performer Justin Elizabeth Sayre. The new semi-autobiographical play, directed by Dusty Childers, is Sayre’s second piece to debut at New York City’s legendary, La MaMa, following their critically-acclaimed Love’s Refrain in 2016.
To Build A Soul runs from Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 12, 2021. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 PM. Sunday shows are at 4:00 PM For tickets, please visit www.lamama.org.
To Build a Soul, in Sayre’s words, is “an artistic autobiography, of myself and the artists who’ve guided me, a genre-blending piece that drives at the role of art in our modern age of digital artifice. As the online world is filled more and more with our images of the lives we thought we could live, what does it mean to be an artist creating art in the world? Written during the pandemic, To Build a Soul is a love letter to the theatre if I never made it back.”
With To Build A Soul, Sayre launches a busy season of projects including a new play in The Public Theater’s “Under the Radar” festival in January 2022, monthly shows at Joe’s Pub at the Public, and a new piece at San Francisco’s Sketchfest, which will move to the Edinburgh International Festival. 2022 continues in May with the publication of Sayre’s new book From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium from Chronicle Books, and in June the 10th annual presentation of the “Night of a Thousand Judys” Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center.
To Build a Soul will take place at La MaMa Downstairs, located at 66 East 4th Street, basement level New York, NY 10003. Tickets, which are $25 in advance and $30 day of show, can be purchased at www.lamama.org.