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.
5 plays go in. 3 plays survive. Your vote decides.
Not then, not yet
Choreographer Tiffany Mills’s Not then, not yet, created in collaboration with Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón and French vocalist/composer Muriel Louveau, examines states of transition, drawing inspiration from the liminal space between endings and new beginnings. The artists’ initial interest in liminality comes from Mary Shelley’s life and early writing—specifically her examination of the threshold between creation and destruction, integration and isolation. Ruminating on what it means to be in between, the collaborators now look at portals and passageways through a 21st-century lens. Negrón’s blend of electro-acoustics mixed with classical instrumentation and found sounds, Louveau’s extreme vocal registers and neoclassical influences, and Mills’s raw and unhinged movement create a kinetically charged world that speaks to the subconscious.
For the company’s November 21-24, 2019 season, Rea-Fisher will present the world premiere of “Emerged Nation,” an evening-length work comprised of three movements that each possess a unique message and emotional arc examining a nation in transformation. Inspired by the shifts in America’s civil and social mores, the work delves into the complex emotional landscape created by immigration, cultural acclimation and diversity.
Anna Karenina: a riff
Russians in track suits play melodicas to an original, folk-punk score in this fresh adaptation of Anna Karenina. Set in 1880s Russia and dripping with Eastern European ennui, our comedic reimagining of the classic tale moves at the speed of a runaway train as it examines the consequences of female rebellion and its echoes today.
The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker has delighted audiences for more than 15 years.
SEX TAPE + Nuptial Blitz
SEX TAPE is the second project where Gabrielle Revlock has recreated a moment in her life but shifted the focus by removing the man. In 2016 she premiered, I replaced him with a lamp, a solo extracted from an accidental video recording of herself receiving verbal feedback from an older, established, male artist. For SEX TAPE the found choreography between Revlock and a male lover, documented on video, has been reconstructed by Revlock and a longtime female friend. Nuptial Blitz (world premiere) is an exploration of the choreography of wedding photography - how shape and tableau, and the use of space and touch convey emotion and story. For this interactive performance seven audience members will be invited to participate in the contemporary ritual that is wedding photography, posing alongside the artist as her partner.
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.