5 plays go in. 3 plays come out. Your vote decides.
HYPE MAN: a break beat play
IT'S BACK. Battery Park City Parks presents a limited run of The Flea Theater’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play, written by Idris Goodwin and directed by Kristan Seemel. HYPE MAN follows a front man, hype man and beat maker on the verge of hitting it big when yet another police shooting shakes them to the core. Following its sold out run in Boston, this hip hop play dares to ask who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice.
Every Brillant Thing
Life is hard. Sometimes, it feels like you’ll always be stressed, always be sad. Then, you remember the brilliant things that make life worth living. Like rollercoasters and chocolate, laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose, great conversations and waking up late with someone you love. There are a million brilliant things that have the power to bring people together. New York Deaf Theatre wants to share every brilliant one with you in this funny and intimate production.
The Rape of Lucretia
New Camerata Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Tribeca’s The Flea Theater on May 2, 4 and 5 2019. Directed by Brittany Goodwin, this rendering of the tragic story will confront the harsh reality of a woman’s experience with rape, suppression, and being silenced by men. These elements of voicelessness resonate particularly loudly in this #MeToo era. The role of Lucretia will be sung by Allison Gish, and played by a deaf actress who will address the element of not being heard that is at the heart of the story. Maestro Justin Bischof leads the Modus Opera Orchestra in the performance of this groundbreaking score.
Leading Ladies Liberated
Leading Ladies Liberated: presenting the lives and works of 3 iconic opera divas in song and story: Isabella Colbran, Maria Malibran & Pauline Viardot-García. New Camerata Opera celebrates the drama and passion of their multifaceted artistic lives by singing the arias they were famous for and the songs they composed in collaboration with A Modern Reveal, an online resource that promotes the songs & stories of women composers that you need to hear & know.
Hook & Eye Invades The Flea
Hook & Eye is landing at The Flea with three outrageous new ideas to share. Echo & Narcissus is an early look at an original play we're creating about a narcissistic soldier home from the Gulf War - a play about identity, responsibility, and community. Queer Black/Filipinx writer Roger Q. Mason delivers material from a new work in progress - a performance work about 1920s female impersonators inspired by a censored Mae West play. Eliza Bent leads a cast who tell a tale of the MTA's wayward past and perhaps glorious future in the form of a subway ride. Each night, all three shows punctuated with out-of-this-world cosmic refreshments.
Elisa Monte Dance 38th NYC Season
Join the critically acclaimed and world renowned, Elisa Monte Dance (EMD) under the Artistic Direction of Tiffany Rea-Fisher in celebration of their 38th Annual NYC Season at The Flea Theatre. Coming May of 2019, Rea-Fisher brings EMD to The Flea Theatre for their first season as anchor partners. EMD, founded by master choreographer, Elisa Monte in 1981, bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director since 2016, reinvigorates modern dance, while using the art form as a vehicle for community service. Travel across thirty eight years of Modern Dance History in one evening. EMD will present classic master works, contemporary favorites, and world premieres. Monte’s “Dreamtime” demonstrates the company’s deep legacy in modern dance while proving the company’s technical and theatrical excellence. “The Best Self” excerpt shows Rea-Fishers extreme range and sensitivity as a choreographer. Followed by a Rea-Fisher premiere which sets out to elevate the American art form of Modern Dance into the future.
Madame Ovary is a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and identity with choreography by Jody Oberfelder, music composed by Missy Mazzoli (funded by New Music USA), and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann. This new work uses Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary’s story of a corseted life amid 19th Century social constructions as a springboard to address and provoke conversation on today’s gender revolution and the #metoo movement. Oberfelder boldly weaves together small stories, broad contexts, and big dancing. With empathy, humor, embroidered breast plates, and badass rocker panache, Oberfelder addresses an ever-evolving terrain of womanhood. Madame Ovary is the third work in Oberfelder’s body-part trilogy, following the heart, 4Chambers, (performed as an immersive installation on Governors Island and a former hospital in Brooklyn, 2013-14) and The Brain Piece, (at New York Live Arts in June 2017). This time Oberfelder focuses on the gut and genitals asking how are we defined by our bodies — or not?
Measure for Measure & Virtuous Fall
SWP’s fresh take on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure tells the story of women coming together to uncover a history of sexual harassment buried within the Justice System. This production explores sisterhood through a problematic classic and uncovers the zany humor at its core. Spicy Witch Productions’ seventh season will explore the vital relationship between speech and power. We will present William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure in repertory with the world premiere of The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows by 2019 Writer-in-Residence Gina Femia , inspired by Shakespeare’s classic problem play. In the wake of the political and cultural tumults women have endured this year, SWP's season re-examines a frustratingly timeless question: if you speak the truth, who will believe you?
Chunky in Heat
Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. Homes. Chunky in Heat tells the story of a young girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. Against this backdrop of privilege, she struggles to understand her place in her family and the world. Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington and Matthew Welch. This production is directed by Alison Moritz.
Jack of Cups
Many years from now — long after The Wave That Eats The World — a stranger, queerer, more loving world has sprouted from the sodden rubble and ruins: a world called Mother Ocean. Once a year, the many communities of this new world become one by making the perilous pilgrimage to a barren island for the Remembrance Festival. Amidst the food and drink and games, the sharing of knowledge and the telling of Big Stories, the people of Mother Ocean are visited by a mysterious and legendary wanderer who comes to tell the biggest Big Story they have: their post-apocalyptic creation myth.
The Great Novel
For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. Spurred on by recurring visits from her Jamaican Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention.