2018/19 Season: Color Brave
A new play by screenwriter and director Todd Solondz, a revival by hyper-realist Thomas Bradshaw and world premiere productions by rising writers Geraldine Inoa, Idris Goodwin, Kristiana Rae Colón, and Nick Gandiello are all in store for the 2018/19 season at The Flea.
A fierce and funny feminist debate is disrupted by a ricochet of bullets. Assaulted at every turn, a group of millennial women must decide whether they are ready to put their bodies on the line for each other. good friday tackles #metoo feminism at the intersection of gun and sexual violence.
Not My Monster!
Have you ever noticed a small bearded man running around your house? Look again because Russian folklore promises that every home has a Domovoi, the house spirit who protects the family. In Not My Monster! Father, Mother, Darya and Vasily are forced to move from their lavish penthouse in the city to a creepy cabin in the middle of a swamp when the Russian economy tanks. Watch what happens when the children are not so sure that their Domovoi came along too.
5 plays go in. 3 plays come out. Your vote decides.
On his deathbed, a plantation owner vows to set his slaves free, but his wife rejects the request and chaos soon erupts on the plantation. Based on slave narratives and featuring an all PoC company of actors, Southern Promises is a brilliant examination of the deeply disturbing and utterly corrupting power of American slavery and its lasting grip on our country's hearts and institutions.
FLEA FRIDAYS is an immersive cabaret in residence in The Flea’s indoor/outdoor theater The Pete. Each Flea Friday features some of downtown's most daring artists, who invite audiences to engage with our most pressing social questions.
Stanley always has trouble falling asleep - even counting sheep doesn't help! When he receives an invitation to visit the Kingdom of Pillowland, he sets off on an exciting adventure with his friends Finn, Quinn and you! From the company that brought you Please Bring Balloons comes a new interactive play for your youngest theatergoers based on the hit song by Laurie Berkner.
Off The Ground
Experiments in Opera presents workshop performances of three different operas. Rainbird is a collaboration between director/librettist Mallory Catlett and composer Aaron Siegel. Chunky in Heat is a multi-composer work based on a libretto by A.M. Homes, directed by Alison Moritz and produced in partnership with Contemporaneous. Warka Vase is a new work by composer Rick Burkhardt and presented in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
iNSIDE Out: Side by Side
Talea Ensemble presents iNSIDE Out: Side by Side, an immersive program followed by a panel discussion on audience engagement strategies in contemporary music. The program explores the dynamics, tensions, and joys of performing music in duo. The panel discussion is a part of Talea's initiative to bring issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in new music to the forefront through a series of public conversations.
Every Brillant Thing
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So, you start to make a list of everything that is brilliant about the world. Everything that is worth living for. 1.) Ice cream. 2.) Kung Fu movies. 3.) Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. 4.) The colour yellow. You leave the list on Mum’s pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those who we love.
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.
Jody Oberfelder Projects presents “Madame Ovary”, a devised dance theater work, is a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and birth. With choreography by Jody Oberfelder, music composed by Missy Mazzoli (funded by New Music USA), and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann, this new work contextualizes the classic Flaubert piece “Madame Bovary,” while addressing who we are in our bodies at this juncture in time. Oberfelder devises a world of lush sensuality and demonstrative power. With empathy, humor and badass rocker panache, Oberfelder celebrates a woman’s power in the world. Madame Ovary dives deep into women’s lives, and how one’s body is a site for agency, intuition, and birth, as well as a limiting space, reducing gender identity to genitalia.
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.