The company is named after Great Jones Street, where La MaMa's rehearsal building is located. As described on their website, the company is an "intergenerational, racially and ethnically diverse ensemble of artists, actors, designers, and musicians whose landmark works remain a significant part of La MaMa’s history."
Great Jones Repertory was founded in 1972 by Elizabeth Swados, Andrei Șerban, and La MaMa founder and artistic director Ellen Stewart. Beginning with Fragments of a Greek Trilogy in 1972, Great Jones has most notably performed a number of Obie Award winning experimental theatre works based in Greek tragedy.
Other works performed by the company have included Eric Bentley's adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Good Woman of Setzuan and repertory productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It between 1976 and 1980.
Great Jones performed the Italian Motus Theatre production Panorama in December 2017 and January 2018 at La MaMa. The piece was based in the lived experience of members of the company and was called a "heart-and-mind-expanding" performance by The New York Times.
- "About Great Jones Repertory". La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Good Woman of Setzuan, The (1976)". Accessed August 15, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: Great Jones Repertory Company European Tour (1976)". Accessed August 15, 2018.
- La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: Great Jones Repertory Company Germany Tour (1980)". Accessed August 15, 2018.
- W., Lily (January 26, 2018). "NYC Theater Review: 'Panorama' at La MaMa". 8Asians.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
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