OPEN CALL FOR VIDEO WORKS
We are looking for video works for 13 Fruitcakes: Musical Vignettes, a performance that
celebrates the 50
th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59PM (EST), April 20, 2019
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: May 5, 2019
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 13-16, 2019
VENUE: La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York City
SUBMISSION FORM: https://tinyurl.com/13FruitcakesOpenCall
ABOUT ‘13 FRUITCAKES: MUSICAL VIGNETTES’
'13 Fruitcakes: Musical Vignettes' premieres June 2019 at La MaMa Theatre, where more than
5,000 theatrical productions and 150,000 artists from around the world have been supported
since its opening in 1961. This production celebrates the 50 th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot where, for the first time in U.S. history, the American LGBTQ community raised a united voice to defend their basic human rights. The show is also dedicated to those who were able to influence humanity through their great achievements in the arts, politics, philosophy, and science, despite the persecution that they had to endure as homosexuals.
Poems by queer poets such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Arthur Rimbaud are set as art
songs by Gihieh Lee, a celebrated Korean composer. Korean-American director Byungkoo Ahn transforms the song cycle into a series of musical vignettes about 13 LGBTQ figures who
changed the world through their work. Although the characters and the poets lived in different
time periods and cultures, many of them had to disguise their true identities in order to survive
society’s discrimination. However, despite the judgement of society, they were able to express
their true selves through their works of art and literature. Their bravery paved the way for their
descendants who came out to the streets of Greenwich Village in 1969 during the Stonewall Riot. '13 Fruitcakes: Musical Vignettes' captures and revitalizes those moments of truth in the queer
foreparents’ lives through the power of art songs and queer literature of the 19th and 20th
WE ARE INVITING YOU TO SUBMIT VIDEO WORKS THAT CAN CREATIVELY ADDRESS THE
LIFE OF THE FOLLOWING LGBTQ FIGURES.
- Harmodius and Aristogeiton
- Dong Xian (董賢)
- King Hyegong (혜공왕)
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Hans Christian Andersen
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Gertrude Stein
- Virginia Woolf
- Alan Turing
- Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker
- Eleanor Roosevelt
IMPORTANT CRITERIA ABOUT THE VIDEO SUBMISSION (MUST READ)
1. A video should be about one particular individual from the list of historic figures (with the
exception of Harmodius and Aristogeiton, and Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker; they should be
2. Each video should visually interpret provided quotation about the individual from the attached
PDF (13 Fruitcakes - Reference.pdf) that discusses a certain aspect of the person’s life.
Additional research about the individual is welcome.
3. No music * / No watermark **
4. Each video should be about 2 MINUTES in length.
5. You may submit up to two different videos.
6. As for the final selection, only one video will be chosen for each historic figure.
IF YOUR WORK IS CHOSEN
1. Your video will be screened on stage during the performance, at the legendary performing arts
venue, La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre.
2. As the creator of a video, your name will be credited on the website and on the printed playbill
of the show.
3. You will receive documentation photos (digital) and the printed playbill.
4. You will be given one ticket for yourself + additional ticket for a guest, for all performances
(June 13-16, 2019).
5. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to provide accommodation or transportation, in case you are a non-NYC local.
IN YOUR SUBMISSION, PLEASE INCLUDE
1. Your email address
2. Your name
3. Your choice of historic figure
4. Your 2 minute submission video
- Video URL (Vimeo, youtube, dropbox, or any other link.: If it’s password protected, please
provide a password to the contact email)
- Please title your work with HistoricFigure’sName_YourName (ex:
5. Three sentences to explain why you want to be part of this project
6. Link to your Portfolio / other works available online (Optional)
7. Your residential area (e.g., - Brooklyn, NY)
SOME BLUNT FACTS
1. All artists involved in this production, including the director and the composer, are participating
on a pro bono basis.
2. We are applying for a grant to potentially cover some production cost for the participating video
artists. At the moment, it is not guaranteed.
3. You have a copyright of your own video work.
*. No music should be used in the video. Your work will be accompanied by the real-time music
performance of ‘The Los Angeles Laptop Collective’.
**. No watermark should be used in the video that will be shown in the theatre, as it will be shown
as part of the stage art. In your own copy, you obviously can (and should) include a watermark.
More About La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and Stonewall 50, 2019
Ellen Stewart, a black female fashion designer, founded La MaMa in 1961 in a tiny basement
theatre at 321 East 9th Street as a place for her brother and his friends to create and perform
their theatre works. Ellen Stewart dedicated La MaMa to the playwright and all aspects of the
theatre. Ellen Stewart welcomed artists who were underrepresented, underfunded, and often
misunderstood, at a time when the perception of what theatre could be was changing rapidly.
Since its opening in 1961, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 theatrical productions and supported more than 150,000 artists. Ellen Stewart’s firm belief that the world can be brought
together to communicate and harmonize through the power of theatre has sustained La MaMa
throughout the years. La MaMa celebrates works that push the boundaries of language, culture,
nationality, race, religion, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, and gender, emphasizing love and justice of humanity.
A diverse and impressive roster of artists have been nurtured here, including: Blue Man Group, Sam Shepard, Ed Bullins, Taylor Mac, Estelle Parsons, Adrienne Kennedy, Diane Lane, Jackie Curtis, Harvey Keitel, Robert Wilson, Bette Midler, André DeShields, Harvey Fierstein, Max Roach,
Steve Buscemi, Julie Taymor, Philip Glass, and Olympia Dukakis.
In 2018, The American Theatre Wing presented La MaMa with the Regional Theatre Tony Award
recognizing it as “the influential company that helped give birth to the Off Off Broadway
movement.” La MaMa has also been honored with 30+ Obie Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and
Bessie Awards and Villager Awards.
Well-known as a place where American theatergoers are introduced to the work of artists from around the globe, La MaMa has presented the US debuts of Peter Brook, Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno, and recently, Belarus Free Theatre, which the Times’ Ben Brantley called “one of the most powerful and vividly resourceful underground companies on the planet.”
In June 2019, La MaMa celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, and World Pride with exciting voices from around the world and down the block. 'Singing Actors Repertory Company' and ‘The Los Angeles Laptop Collective’ proudly participate in this celebration with a new theatre piece, '13 Fruitcakes.'