2019/20 Season of Anarchy: The Return of the Macs
The Flea Theater is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Season of Anarchy: Return of the Macs. The season features a festival of plays dedicated to three-time Obie Award winning playwright and poet, Mac Wellman, and the premiere of Tony Award nominee, Taylor Mac’s The Fre, along with the return of The Flea’s family programming CEREALS and the late-night episodic series SERIALS.
In the land of two bridges The Fre, a rambunctious group of fun loving anti-intellectuals spend their days cavorting in the mud. Into their midst descends Hero, a dandy aesthete, who longs to cut the bridge and finally escape the mud pit. But first he must convince the leader Frankie Fre and the other fatuous inhabitants that there is a better life outside of the swamp. In this queer love story, audiences will literally and figuratively jump into the mud with the Fre to hash out the current cultural divide. The play is set in a giant ball pit with audience seating inside and out.
5 plays go in. 3 plays survive. Your vote decides.
Leaving The Blues
Hop onto an imaginary train of memories with famed African-American blues and jazz singer and songwriter Alberta Hunter as she follows her long-dead friend, black comedian Bert Williams (Will), now her glad-handed guide and conductor. He has promised to stir up enough memories of her past successes, friends, and loves to encourage her return to the music she left some twenty years past in the late 1950s. Hunter’s life story, rife with danger, uncertainty, heartbreak, and triumph lays bare the tension that our racial and sexual histories create inside all of us and the danger that history has been and can be to our ability to love.
Taste The Clouds
Can you touch the stars? See the music? Taste the Clouds? Join us on an adventure as a young girl learns to harness her imagination and use her senses to better understand the world around her. Created by the award-winning company, Hit the Lights!, Taste the Clouds will take you on a journey of the senses using shadow puppetry, live music, and immersive theater.
Off The Ground 2020
Experiments in Opera presents Off The Ground 2020 at The Flea Theater from March 4 – 7, 2020 as a way to provide audiences with an early glimpse of new works in development at a very low cost. Performances on March 4 and 5 at 7 PM will feature a first look at the new opera Everything for Dawn, which is the product of the ongoing work in the Experiments in Opera Writers’ Room. Everything for Dawn is a 10-episode serial opera that explores the world of outsider art through a sympathetic portrait of a Vietnam Veteran who embraces art therapy as a way to heal his trauma. Everything for Dawn, when complete, will feature work by ten composers each of whom will write an episode of this ambitious three-part work. Off The Ground 2020 will feature two workshop performances of Everything for Dawn (Part One) including episodes with librettos by Lauren D’Errico, Jerome Parker and Jason Cady and music by Pauline Harris Kim, Phil Kline and Jason Cady.
Anthony Braxton Theater Improvisations
In celebration of the 75th Birthday of trailblazing composer and EiO mentor Anthony Braxton, Experiments in Opera presents a run of performances of Compositions No. 279-283 composed for improvisational actor and improvising musicians. This production is in collaboration with the Tri-Centric Foundation, which supports the continued evolution of the music of Anthony Braxton. Drawing on Braxton’s complex systems of graphic notation, character development and narrative poetics, these compositions ask performers to engage with newspaper clippings, traditional improv comedy techniques and historical comedy tropes, all in the name of creating a dynamic and surprising evening of music and theater. These shows will feature director/performer Rob Reese, as well as a different set of musical improvisors for each night of the run. Confirmed musicians include renowned improvisers Nate Wooley (trumpet), Jessica Pavone (strings), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones) and Kamala Sankaram (vocals) . Other guests to be announced.