Meet Alexandra Slater – Purria of LOCKED UP BITCHES

Alexandra Slater, a member of The Flea’s Bat Acting Company, plays PURRIA in The Flea’s production of LOCKED UP BITCHES written by Catya Mcmullen featuring original music by Scott Allen Klopfenstein. The production, directed and choreographed by our Resident Director Michael Raine, is a sweet, psychotic, queer, and outrageously funny hip-hop parody mash-up of a certain Netflix prison drama and Bernstein-Sondheim musical.

The Flea feels like home. I love the diversity here and the energy. In this crazy city, you need a SAFE place to nurture your art and The Flea does exactly that. The staff cares about what’s going and I truly believe The Flea is doing a great thing by putting a variety of voices on stage. It’s a great time to be a Bat.

Michael and Catya are an actor’s wet-dream. The two of them combined are a powerhouse. They really love to go places that other artists might be afraid to and that’s exciting for us as actors. Catya and Michael both are such great people to work with, they genuinely care about their actors. Hopefully, by watching LOCKED UP BITCHES, you’ll be able to see that. The way they put all of us together with the help of Kerry and Scott is truly amazing. I know this is not the last time I’ll be working with the both of them!

I love LOCKED UP BITCHES because of the many voices and stories at Bitchfield. I love how each character has a story to tell in the show. If you’re on stage, you’re doing something. The script is active and playful.

There’s a lot of love going on behind the scenes. I’ve truly fallen in love with every person on that stage. It helps our onstage fight since we get on and off the stage as friends.

I really would love people to walk away from LOCKED UP BITCHES thankful for their own communities and realizing how important it is to have one. We can’t do this life alone and we can’t do this life not knowing who we are. Take risks. Find your tribe. Love who you are.

My first theatre memory is auditioning for a solo at church. I was four. The song was “Away In A Manger.” I still think about how I slayed that audition. It doesn’t matter that everyone who showed up for the audition got a part— I slayed!

I took a year-long break in my first year of college. I was studying Biology. It was interesting, but eventually, I discovered it wasn’t for me. I also missed the theater. I auditioned for Brooklyn College, was accepted, and was able to continue pursuing my passion of being a theater artist. One of the best decisions I ever made.

What I love about theater is how intimate and fleeting it can be. There’s no pillow to cover your face or fast forward button to press. You can’t hide. It’s in your face. And for all the moments on the stage that you fall in love with, you have to do the work to cherish them. You cannot rewind or hit pause and so the work of being in the moment is one that I love.

I also love rehearsals and getting to know the people that I’ll be working with for weeks. The relationships that are formed in the whole rehearsal process. I’ve met some of the coolest people through this show. So many backgrounds, but yet we all have this passion to create.

The theater has taught me P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E! The right thing will come along, but it’s not always on our time. And when it’s not our time—it’s time to practice, study, and put in the hard work so that I’m prepared.

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