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.
Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes
Three-time Obie Award winning playwright and poet and one of The Flea’s original co-founders, Mac Wellman has always stood at the vanguard of dramatic truth. His plays challenge our most deeply rooted political and social issues. Wellman makes (non)sense of white supremacy, the leaders of our nation and our institutions of higher learning, all the while daring to push theater past good intentions. This fall, The Flea honors Mac Wellman. His plays have inspired a generation of writers and his voice must be lifted and heard. Join us for Perfect Catastrophes, a festival of Mac Wellman plays at The Flea!
In the fictional southern town of Hillsbottom, a place with a prominent community of young Ku Klux Klan members, a furball has been sighted. But the teenagers still hang out in their cars on serene nights with their friends and crushes, and question, as teens do, absolutely everything.
A man and a woman sit in a park. They appear to be a couple, but aren’t. The man is clutching a car tire. The woman has picked up a penny and put it in her pocket. Wait! Is that the Boatman of Bow Bridge coming for the penny? How do we make choices in the face of the end of the world as we know it?
The Invention of Tragedy
A chorus of students, all alike and all unalike, are trying like the devil to tell a simple story—perhaps the story about the tragedy of the Sandwich Man, with sandwich boards upon which nothing is written, and hence, say nothing. Wellman’s examination of the post-9/11 world and America’s general and genial acceptance of the Iraq war.
The Sandalwood Box & The Fez
In The Sandalwood Box, college student Marsha Gates lost her voice. On her way to speech therapy, she encounters Professor Claudia Mitchell, who captures the most captivating catastrophes of the world and preserves them in a sandalwood box. In The Fez, the charmed spell of the theater has somehow absented itself, and something strange happens. A play that was originally printed on a tee shirt is finally produced!
The Art of Stacking the Deck: A Mac Wellman Symposium
As part of Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes, A Festival of Plays, The Flea will hold a three day symposium on October 4 - 6 exploring Mac Wellman's profound impact on the American theater. Mac's foremost collaborators, protégés, and scholars will explore the unique demands of interpreting his plays; the breadth of his career across mediums, including dance, music theater, and opera; and the legacy of his writing and teaching on multiple generations of theater makers.