Mama Mama Can't You See

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"How odd it was, that being dead was so much like being alive."


Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythology, presents the world premiere of Stan Mayer & Cecilia Fairchild's Mama Mama Can't You See. Based on Mayer's life as a U.S. Marine, the play is a unique, existential war story, marrying physicality and surrealism to give an emotional context to the landscape of war.

Mama Mama centers on a particularly harrowing moment from Mayer's first deployment to Iraq: May 7th, 2005, when his Humvee was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne IED. His gunner and best friend, Lance, was killed immediately. Mayer woke up in the burning Humvee, then stepped out into a deadly firefight. This play is a metaphysical meditation on that moment. The experience of modern war becomes a shared identity among four Marines in Iraq and four sex workers from the American Civil War, who find themselves crossing paths in the space between life and death, a moment that resonates into eternity.

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As part of our commitment to developing authentic relationships with the communities represented on our stages, 5% of all MAMA MAMA ticket sales will be donated to veteran-focused non-profits.




Mama Mama Can’t You See contains vivid descriptions of war and violence which that may be triggering to some audiences, particularly those with combat experience and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. This production also makes use of explicit/graphic language, simulated sex acts, herbal cigarettes, theatrical haze, strobe lighting effects, and sudden loud sounds.



A Note on Ticket Pricing:

Let's be transparent: these ticket prices are higher than what you're used to seeing for a Coin & Ghost show; this is a direct reflection of the additional expenses we've had to account for as a result of producing during the pandemic. That said, accessibility remains one of our highest priorities, and we refuse to let ticket price be the thing that stops you from seeing our shows. If this is your situation -- and you are unable to join us for our first weekend (which is fully Pay-What-You-Can) -- please email, and we will work something out!



Covid Safety Protocols:

Having already delayed this show two years due to the pandemic, we are taking every precaution available to ensure the safety of our audiences and collaborators.

All audience members must show proof of full vaccination and photo ID. Masks are required. For the safety of our audiences and artists, please stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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The Other Space Theater 916 N. Formosa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046