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Terayama Shuji's "La Marie-Vison"
319 Scholes
Brooklyn, NY
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Terayama Shuji's "La Marie-Vison"
"La Marie-Vison" tells the perversely fascinating tale of Marie, a transvestite prostitute who lives in elegant squalor with her dedicated servant. Every day, for eighteen years, Marie releases an exotic butterfly into the open fields of the living room. Every day for eighteen years the beautiful boy, imprisoned in her den, catches and kills it.  The beautiful boy is tempted with visions of the outside world, free from the wiles of wicked Marie, but maybe the boy wasn't made for the outside world.  Maybe none of us were.

In 1967, Terayama Shuji and his experimental theater troupe, Tenjou Sajiki, first premiered the story of "La Marie-Vison" in Tokyo, Japan. The shocking piece was then translated into English, reworked and brought to NYC in collaboration with Ellen Stewart and La Mama Experimental Theater in July of 1970. This theatrical production has not been performed again in the U.S. until now! Over 40 years later, Kipuka Theater, using Don Kenny's original 1970 translation and scholarly references from "Unspeakable Acts"  written by Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, brings to life Terayama Shuji's eclectic band of characters!

Please feel free to come early as there will be pre-show entertainment!

  • Doug Barron as Marie (a male prostitute in his prime)

  • Jon Peacock as Servant (good old Erich von Stroheim)

  • Michael-Ray Carter as Beautiful Boy (a beautiful boy)

  • Christie Carter as Girl (a beautiful girl)

  • Brian Vaughan as Nameless Sailor (a tattoo of a snake looks good on him)

  • Pierce Delahunt & Sebastiani Romagnolo as Poets 1 & 2 (it's alright to call them sodomites)

Creative Crew:
  • Directors - Andrew Valentine and Caitlin Michener

  • Dramaturgist - Lani Sidman

  • Costume Designer - Tanyah Tavorn

  • Music and Sound Creator - Brian Kirchner

Restrictions and Notices:
  • Admittance restricted to persons 18 years of age and over.

  • This show contains nudity and graphic sexual situations.

  • There will absolutely be no late entry into the performance.


319 Scholes (View)
319 Scholes Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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