For decades, a show at the East Village's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club began with a jingling sound both authoritative and merry. Like a very hip schoolmarm, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa's founder and artistic director, would open the performance by ringing a handbell, hushing the audience. Then, in resonant tones, she would read aloud from the program, introducing the show's title and praising its creators. Only then could... More >>>