Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes

August 24 - November 1, 2019
Tickets start at $37*
Now on-sale to the public!

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!

There is a limited number of $15 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.  $10 student rush tickets are available 10 minutes prior to every performance based on availability. 

*All tickets include a $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs. 

Sincerity Forever

Directed by Dina Vovsi
August 24 through October 13
in The Siggy

Teens. Angst. The KKK. Furballs.

Sincerity Forever is a comedy about a group of young residents from the fictional southern town of Hillsbottom, a place with a prominent community of Ku Klux Klan members, many of them in their teens. They hang out in their cars on serene nights with friends and crushes, and question, as teens do, absolutely everything.

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Bad Penny

Directed by Kristan Seemel
August 24 through October 13
in The Pete

Heads. Tails. The Park. The Boatman.

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 a penny in her pocket. The mythical Boatman of Bow Bridge is coming. He is coming to take away the person who is in possession of the penny. How do we make choices in the face of the end of the world as we know it?

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The Invention of Tragedy

Directed by Meghan Finn
September 7 through October 20
in The Sam

A Student. A Chorus. A War.

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. The Invention of Tragedy is Wellman’s examination of the post-9/11 world and America’s general and genial acceptance of the Iraq war.

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The Sandalwood Box

Directed by Kate Moore Heaney & Tyler Thomas
September 26 through November 1
in The Siggy

Brooklyn. The Bus. The Unseen.

In a surreal landscape on the border between dream and reality we follow the journey of Marsha Gates, a young college student who has lost her voice. On her way to speech therapy, Marsha meets Professor Claudia Mitchell, who captures the most captivating catastrophes of the world and preserves them in a sandalwood box.

The Fez

Directed by Michael Raine
September 26 through November 1
in The Siggy

Something. Strange. Happens.

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 Sandalwood Box & The Fez will be presented as one performance.

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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.

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Save money & purchase a festival package with perks!*


PLUS: One complimentary drink for each performance 

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PLUS: One complimentary drink for each performance and a Flea gift

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PLUS: One complimentary drink for each performance, a Flea gift, and an invite to the Perfect Catastrophes festival party

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*Packages not available for multiple tickets to the same production.