2002 Bessie award winning composer/pianist Mike Iveson makes his La MaMa solo debut with I'm Special The Heat Is On. Iveson, who plays the piano and sings in the character of Nurse Baby Asparagus, calls the piece "an example of what happens when Austrian health-care practitioners sit at a grand piano and no one is around to stop them, or help them, or, in some cases, even watch them."
Asparagus strolls through nine or more largely original songs--some will be new, others will have been performed sporadically over the past five years at many venues. Most of the songs were composed by Iveson for PS 122's The Lucy Show, a quasi-monthly downtown-theater interview show co-hosted by Nurse Baby Asparagus and The Factress (also known as Dancenoise's Lucy Sexton). Iveson promises a "wholesome night, like whipped cream on cheese."