Join LaMaMa Playwright in Residence, Michael Gorman, for a concert reading of his new play, Goin' West.
A rundown off-campus college apartment shared by two roommates turns into a campsite straight out of a classic Hollywood western, complete with its own Walter Brennan-like camp cook. Goin' West is a 21st century cross-country adventure of the imagination reminiscent of the original western migration and settlement of America.
An abandoned school bus, both real and imaginary, is a the center of a debate between the two roommates, who can't agree on whether they should recover the bus, quit college and head west. The struggle that ensues between them is both profound and wildly comic as the mythical camp cook emerges from the celluloid past to keep the peace between the two headstrong leaders. Unearthed along the trail, as the roommates fight to determine whether to stay or go, are the thorny issues of student debt and the value of education, literature-versus-storytelling, the catastrophic clash between Native American and Anglo culture, the power of dreams, and the questions of what the ideal of "America" really means. In the words of Langston Hughes, "Oh, let America be again. The land that has never been and yet must be."
Experiments 18: Goin' West by Mike Gorman; directed by Arthur Adair Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00PM La MaMa Galleria 47 Great Jones Street. (between Bowery and Lafayette Street) New York,NY10012
La MaMa Galleria is located on the south side of Great Jones Street, between Bowery and Lafayette. Transportation: F Train to Second Ave; R Trains to 8th Street; 6 Train to Bleecker Street