Mama Mama Can’t You See

An exploding Humvee, silhouetted in a giant middle finger.


Mama Mama Can’t You See
By Stan Mayer and Cecilia Fairchild
Directed by Zach Davidson

Preview: 3/19
Performances: 3/20-4/18
Thurs – Sat, 8pm
At New American Theatre

1312 N. Wilton Pl.

“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 SeeBased 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 (3/19) and every performance during the second and third weekends our run (3/26-4/4).  That’s seven opportunities to see live theatre in Los Angeles — a world premiere — at whatever price you can afford. #ThanksMama


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