Our New Home
After nearly 15 years at our White Street location, The Flea began to realize it had outgrown its space. Dressing rooms were cramped, storage was non-existent, and we were turning away exciting projects due to scheduling constraints.
At the same time, market rates had increased our rent nearly 100% in five years, driving it to unsustainable levels. So we found a spot nearby, committed to a $21M capital campaign, and built a brand new three-theater performing arts complex.
Our new home features three distinctly different theaters, all under 99 seats, each named for one of The Flea’s enduring inspirations. The upstairs theater is called The Sam, in memory of legendary agent Sam Cohn. A concert theater with 23’ ceilings, The Sam is equally suited to theater, music, and dance, with flexible seating of up to 120.
Our ground floor theater is named The Pete, honoring seminal playwright A. R. Gurney. Unique in all of New York City, its adjacent garden and theater spaces create an open and airy feel and offer myriad possibilities for music and dance concerts, readings, master classes, and hybrid performances. With 74 moveable seats, The Pete was designed to challenge the imagination while delighting the senses.
Our underground theater is named The Siggy, for actress and Flea co-founder Sigourney Weaver. Its configuration is intentionally quirky, with a raised stage and multiple entrances that make use of the building’s original 18th century arches. Following Ms. Weaver’s own passion for supporting emerging artists, The Siggy is perfect for Bat productions and for young companies seeking to produce full-scale work without the burden of filling a large house.
The Flea’s new facility will support the entire Off-Off-Broadway community while allowing us do more of what we do best: provide artistic opportunities, encourage artists to take risks, and make our audiences feel at home.