to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack

harunalee's new immersive theater experience inspired by the Memory Palace: an exploratory installation which is a little bit cosmos and a little bit party, carefully designed and built so you can crawl into it at your leisure. Its familiar yet illusory rooms are the loci of fantastical images, contributed by a multitude of invited artists working in various mediums exploring the magic and meaning of memory. Inspired by Frances Yates' seminal text on the occult nature of memory systems during the Renaissance titled The Art of Memory, we invite you into a mind ancient in design, but contemporary in its contemplations. Each night, a cluster of eclectic downtown artists working in various mediums- from poetry, music, dance, magic, neuroscience, drag & more- will share a brand new piece of work inspired by original memories that have been submitted by YOU: our audience and artistic community.


Greg Laffey / Andrew R. Butler / Sasha Arutyunova / Stivo Arnoczy / Lauren Swan-Potras / Sarah Lurie / Christen Cappello / Karen Boyer / Andrew Bartels / Marisa Lark Wallin / Trevor Salter / Willy Appleman / nicHi Douglas / Teri Madonna / Bijani Casalan / Waeli Wang / Allison Blakeney / Allison / Andrew Farmer / Ryann Weir / Chris Tyler / Vinny DePonto / Sonja Blum / Fran Tirado / Camilo Roldan / Will Davis / Katie Hathaway / Sayer Mansfield / Kamala Sankaram + Bombay Rickey / Eric Conroe / James Monaco / Jerome Ellis / Jessie Shelton / Eamon Goodman / Storm Thomas / Eric Farber / Freddy Epstein / Darius Smith / Lacy Rose / Sugar Vendil / Alaina Ferris / Ani Taj + The Dance Cartel / Jeanna Phillips / Ian Axness / Corvette LeFace / Sarah Rothberg / Clara J Santamaria Vargas / Ralph Lee, Casey Compton + Mettawee River Theater Co. / Zaq Landsberg

production history

La MaMa Club (New York) February 12 - 20, 2016

This work was created, in part, through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. harunalee would also like to thank the Mental Insight Foundation. Additional funding from The Mental Insight Foundation. 



with Katy Einerson & Kristine Haruna Lee

Go see harunalee’s to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack. It’s just so damn great!!
— Jordan Fein, Director
Tonight I experienced the love and spirit and curious pleasure of sharing my eyeballs with others at harunalee’s warmly immersive new show. Kristine has again constructed a beautiful, colorful, rabbit-hole of a world in a space that I was hesitant to leave because I wanted the magic to continue indefinately.
— Adam Burnett, Buran Theatre