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. A 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. Performing May 09 – May 19, 2019 at The Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street; Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 5PM; $25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets. www.lamama.org or call 212-352-3101
The Floor is Lava, May 09 – May 19, 2019, Downstairs | 66 East 4th Street (Thursday to Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 5PM; $25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]; Written by Alex Riad; Directed by Glory Kadigan.)
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; “Not just for coders and PR flacks.” Culture Catch
Alex Riad and “Floor Is Lava:” A Parable of the Next Generation
Interview with Playwright Alex Riad & Actor John DiMino
John Gutierrez & Glory Kadigan on The Floor is Lava & La MaMa Umbria
Glory Kadigan – a power-player in the indie arts community recently joined forces with a rising star – Kailah S. King
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.
John DiMino (Sean) graduated NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama. He has been seen in The Shelter’s production of THE RED ROOM and Jan Rosenberg‘s WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU at Stella Adler. Several readings at Actors Studio. Currently performing in Rome in Frank Avella’s LURED. Planet Connections Nominee for Outstanding Actor 2017. www.johndimino.net
Kailah S. King (Kat) is a graduate of Lehman College with a BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts. Recent credits include VIVIAN’S MUSIC, 1969 at 59 E 59 Theaters and Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. She has performed in many plays and staged readings, such as CHOSEN CHILD (E.A.T. Festival), LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (The Labyrinth Theatre), web series and short films. Kailah is thrilled to share the stage with such great artists. @kaleuhstar
John Gutierrez (Matt) is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Washington Heights, a neighborhood in a densely populated island known as Manhattan/NYC. Since graduating from NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing with a BFA in Drama he has performed internationally and more locally with many directors, choreographers, and companies from all over, most recently in This Bridge Called My Ass at The Chocolate Factory (NY Times Critics Pick) dir. Miguel Gutierrez and Panorama at La MaMa/Under The Radar( NY Times Critics Pick) as part of The Great Jones Rep dir. MOTUS. He has also been seen in NERVOUS/SYSTEM at BAM dir. Andrew Schneider and The Never Before, Never Again Festival presenting his own work. John is a recent graduate of The Terry Knickerbocker Studio and faculty at Peridance Capezio Center @jmg160
Andrew Goebel (Tom) is grateful for the opportunity to work on this amazing script. Previous credits: DIASPORA (Manhattan Theatre Club); Ragtime, Summertime (Columbia Stages); Beardo (Pipeline Theater Company); All’s Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Thank you to my family and friends for their constant support. www.andrew-goebel.com