Theater-maker, filmmaker, and clothing designer Andy Milligan (1929-1991) was among the earliest artists to work at La MaMa. Born in Minnesota, he escaped an unhappy childhood by joining the U.S. Navy. After his military stint (during which time he allegedly met Kenneth Anger and began exploring his homosexuality), he landed in New York City, where he worked as a clothing designer and performer. He soon found himself in the orbit of Joe Cino’s Café Cino. There he met Ellen Stewart. He helped her establish La MaMa’s first basement theater, and directed its first show—Tennessee Williams’ “One Arm” (in July 1962). His connection to La MaMa ended in the early 1960s, when he gave up theater and took up filmmaking. To this day, he is known as something of a cult hero for his BDSM-laced horror and sexploitation films; this oeuvre includes films such as “The Ghastly Ones,” (1968) “The Torture Dungeon,” (1970) and “Fleshpot on 42nd Street” (1973).
1929 – 1991