A Benefit Reading
of a New Play
by Jon Robin Baitz
Monday, June 5th
6:30pm Cocktails, 8pm Reading
Talkback & Dessert to Follow
The Morgan Library
225 Madison Avenue
Tickets: $500 General Seating / $1,000 Premium Seats
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The Flea Theater’s Artistic Director, Niegel Smith and Producing Director, Carol Ostrow are delighted to announce a benefit reading of a new play by Jon Robin Baitz, VICUÑA, to take place at The Morgan Library on June 5th at 8pm. This wicked contemporary political satire will feature a starry cast and introduces rising talents.
Says Smith, “We’ve been a little bit absent this spring as we ready The Flea’s new three theater performance arts center for a fall opening. But we couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring The Flea uptown and to collaborate with Jon Robin Baitz on his scintillating new play.”
The play takes its name from the Vicuna, an alpaca-like creature whose wool yields such exceptionally soft cloth that it was once reserved only for royal garments; and takes place in the atelier of a tailor to powerful celebrities and world leaders. Into the workroom of Anselm Kassar and his apprentice Amir, waltzes media tycoon turned political candidate Kurt Seaman looking for a suit that will turn the tide of an upcoming and televised national debate. Also present in this most private salon is the candidates trusted ally and daughter, Srilanka and an uninvited guest, the Chair of the Republican National Committee.
Says Baitz who is new to The Flea, “To write is to fight. That is what artists are here for. I am very honored to be asked by The Flea to participate in the ongoing fight for meaning, a fight which this group of theatre artists have never shied away from. The Flea is a place for ‘the other’ to be known, and seen, and it is part of what makes this city on this coast shimmer so much.”