Arden – But, Not Without You

February 6 - March 6, 2022
The Sam Theater

Love. Grace. Power.

Let’s light a light and lay it all down. Out of years of division and separation comes Arden: But, Not Without You. This genre-bending, boundary-breaking new work, commissioned by The Flea and led by Black and queer artists, is about grace, love, and the bravery it takes to find each other again after periods of darkness and indifference.

We invite you to take a walk down a path that leads to a clearing. In this clearing, you are invited into a strange, raw and thrilling ritual full of song, dance, and testimony. Come to Arden and happen upon a kind of love that feels too dangerous for the world we live in.

Bring your hopes. Bring your fears. We’ll stir them together, pass them through our sieve, and re-emerge with a newfound sense of awe and possibility for ourselves and the others with whom we move through this world.

Come as you are.


A World Premiere and a New Experience

This is the Flea’s first major work in two years and was created in collaboration by lead artists Niegel Smith, Diana Oh, Peter Born, and MacArthur Fellows Okwui Okpokwasili and Carrie Mae Weems.

Co-Directed by Nia Witherspoon & Niegel Smith

Peter Born
Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks
Viva DeConcini
Jack Fuller
Diana Oh
Okwui Okpokwasili
Niegel Smith
Serena Ebony Williams
& Carrie Mae Weems

Environment Design: Peter Born
Costume Design: Linda Cho
Sound, Lighting & Projection Designer: Hao Bai
Music Producer & Co-Music Director: Jack Fuller
Co-Music Director: Diana Oh
Associate Costume Designer: Raphael Regan
Associate Sound Designer: Bryson Ezell

Production Stage Manager: Caren Celine Morris
Assistant Stage Manager: Ilona Calatayud
Covid Safety Manager: Siobhan Petersen


$25 preview tickets available for performances February 6-Feb 9

$35 tickets available for performances February 11-March 6

$15 tickets* (limited inventory) available for all dates February 6-March 6

*The Flea strives to keep all ticket prices affordable so that everyone can enjoy electric performances like Arden. To further increase the accessibility of our work, we are holding ten $15 general-admission tickets for every performance. Any person for whom a regular-priced ticket would be inaccessible is encouraged to take advantage of this price point. As tickets are limited and first come, first serve, please consider whether or not you need a $15 ticket or if you would be happy to purchase a regular-priced ticket to support accessibility for others.

**All tickets include an additional $2 facilities fee