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Love Trade

Written and Directed by Elizabeth Hess 

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Proud to have

performed as a part of

LA MAMA'S 2018



" ...Elizabeth Hess has written a lush, complex, intelligent, funny, sexy performance poem." Maude Mitchell, Mabou Mines, Artistic Associate


" of the most imaginative, brilliant experiences... a beautiful story... gave my brain a jolt." Ginny Louloudes, A.R.T/New York, Executive Director


"I love how we... were allowed to fill in the story and have our own experience inside the piece." Jessica Burr, Blessed Unrest, Artistic Director 

A love tangle.

A lonely girl. A lost god. One angry mother.


LOVE TRADE tests the sex games Demeter passes on to her daughter Persephone, when she wanders away from the Upper World and meets the exotic Shiva.

All three undergo the death of fake dreams and false longings as they descend into the Depths, two emerge transformed.

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Katie is so excited to be working with Lucas and Elizabeth after having such a wonderful time collaborating on the workshop of Perfect Curiosity in January 2013! Originally from San Diego, Katie is a dancer, choreographer, theater deviser and teaching artist. She co-founded Theater in Asylum in 2010 and the company’s pieces have been seen in New York City, regionally and abroad. She is currently at work on a musical about the Brontës sisters with Sarah Zeigler Blair and the amazing Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed! Katie works with Disney Theatrical Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and New York Theatre Workshop as a Dance and Musical Theater Teaching Artist in the public schools of New York. Katie is also Communications Director of The League of Independent Theater, an advocacy group for the makers of Independent Theater in New York City.


(Composer & Performer)

Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed is a composer focusing on theatrical music. He studied Music and Literature at Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts, where he wrote and directed a variety of theatrical works from short plays to musical theater. He is currently a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met lyricist Sarah Ziegler; their original full-length musical, developed with Theater in Asylum and entitled The Brontës, enjoyed a workshop production in July 2017 (co-produced by Piper Theatre Productions); the show is currently undergoing revision via New York SongSpace’s space grant. Other recent performances include Love Trade, a play with music (written and directed by Elizabeth Hess) which premiered as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place in December 2016; and Michelangelo Burning, an original oratorio with the poetry of Michelangelo and choreography by Ben Van Buren. He is also a co-founder and editor of Musical Theater Today, a new, annual trade publication dedicated to contemporary musical theater.

A Co-Production with La Mama ETC


Created and Performed by: 

Elizabeth Hess, Katie Palmer & Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

Original Music by: Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

Dramaturg: Gina Stevensen

Creative Producer: Jenny Waxman

Marketing/Producing Consultant: Rebecca Sheahan

La Mama and TheaterLab for their support during our development and production.


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