“How odd it was, that being dead was so much like being alive.”
Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythology, presents the world premiere of Stan Mayer & Cecilia Fairchild’s Mama Mama Can’t You See. Based on Mayer’s life as a U.S. Marine, the play is a unique, existential war story, marrying physicality and surrealism to give an emotional context to the landscape of war.
Mama Mama centers on a particularly harrowing moment from Mayer’s first deployment to Iraq: May 7th, 2005, when his Humvee was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne IED. His gunner and best friend, Lance, was killed immediately. Mayer woke up in the burning Humvee, then stepped out into a deadly firefight. This play is a metaphysical meditation on that moment. The experience of modern war becomes a shared identity among four Marines in Iraq and four sex workers from the American Civil War, who find themselves crossing paths in the space between life and death, a moment that resonates into eternity.
Ticket price should never be the reason you can’t see a show you’re excited about. That’s why for Mama Mama, we will be offering Pay-What-You-Can tickets for our preview and every performance during the second and third weekends our run. That’s seven opportunities to see live theatre in Los Angeles — a world premiere — at whatever price you can afford. #ThanksMama