Since 1974, The Talking Band has remained a cornerstone of New York City’s avant-garde. American Theater has said: “One of the most exceptional theater companies in the country.” The company has earned 15 OBIE awards and other honors. Over 40 years, The Talking Band has created over forty new works illuminating the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary life, each marked by a commitment to radical collaboration and a fusion of diverse theatrical styles and perspectives. Combining richly textured music-theater with striking visual imagery, The Talking Band’s elegant, eloquent, profound performance work is infused with creative generosity that makes each show an experience that is as emotionally moving as it is aesthetically rich.

Burnished by Grief — A Romantic Comedy

Written and composed by Ellen Maddow and directed by Zimet, Burnished by Grief is a sinister romantic comedy that investigates the symphonic beauty of cramped New York City life. The play is inspired by Ellen Maddow’s work as a volunteer mediator in Brooklyn Civil Court. There she has witnessed how the city’s extraordinary diversity, combined with close living, has produced complex misunderstandings, as well as, unexpected and remarkable relationships. Burnished by Grief is a chaotic, over stimulated urban mash up filled with constant motion, scrambled energy and the overlapping realities of race, culture and multiple generations. Five characters long for a pocket of stillness, the solace of beauty, relief from loneliness, and the possibility of falling head over heels in love with their opposites.
Performances of Burnished by Grief – A Romantic Comedy will take place January 22 – February 7 at LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater (74 E. 4th Street). Tickets, $25 ($20 Student and Senior) and will be available soon by calling 646-430-5374 or visiting LaMaMa.

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