This week PlayCo begins performances of The Duchamp Syndrome, a co-production with Mexico’s Por Peidad Teatro, our collaborators for Working on a Special Day. The Duchamp Syndrome tells the story of Juan, a solitary immigrant in The Big Apple who dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. An unusual assortment of fellow travelers, human and not, help him practice routines and prepare for his mother’s visit from Mexico. The play is written and performed by Antonio Vega and co-directed by Antonio and Ana Graham. Antonio has crafted a provocative love letter to New York, with guest appearances from a large cast of re-purposed household objects.
To celebrate Juan’s dreams of stand-up stardom, Antonio will host a different New York City comedian after each Monday performance, as part of PlayCo’s Idea Lab series. Join us for a few minutes of stand-up from our guest comedians as they share their stories about coming to New York, getting started in comedy, and pass along their best stand-up advice.
The Duchamp Idea Lab series kick’s off this Thursday, May 7 with a post-show conversation with Antonio Vega, who’ll discuss what inspired the play, how he created Juan’s world and the development process from Mexico, to Singapore, to New York City. On Monday May 11, Croatian comedian Anya Yovich will answer the age-old question “What ARE east Europeans?”. On Monday May 18 we’ll host Singapore native Jocelyn Chia, a two time Moth StorySlam winner and winner of the Gotham Comedy Club Funniest Lawyer competition. Cap off your Memorial Day weekend and join us on Monday May 25th for comedian/writer Alaudin Ullah who’ll talk about his experiences as a first generation Bengali-American. Idea Lab events are free and open to the public. You do not need to have attended the play that evening in order to attend Idea Lab, so stop by the Flea Theater, 41 White Street around 8:30pm for scheduled Idea Lab events. Check our website for additional dates.