Gurney, Mee and Wellman Works and Twas The Night Before... Highlight New Flea Theatre Season

News   Gurney, Mee and Wellman Works and Twas The Night Before... Highlight New Flea Theatre Season New works by Charles Mee, Mac Wellman and A.R. Gurney will be part of the new 2006-2007 season at downtown New York City's Flea Theater.

Artistic director Jim Simpson and producing director Carol Ostrow announced the new lineup, which marks the company's 10th anniversary season.

The new year (subject to change) will be as follows:

  • Post Mortem by A.R. Gurney (Oct. 10-Dec. 9)
    Simpson directs the debut of this politically charged play set in the "not too distant future [where] the validity of theater as a potent social force in a society [is] rankled by political conservatism and the evangelical leanings of the right." Gurney previously collaborated with Simpson and The Flea on O Jerusalem, Mrs. Farnsworth and Screen Play.
  • Two September by Mac Wellman (Nov. 19-Dec. 16)
    Loy Arcenas stages the New York premiere of The Flea co-founder's work. The post World War II Vietnam-set drama takes place in a world "when Ho Chi Minh had visions of a free country and a newly formed House UnAmerican Affairs Committee black listed a young, female American writer who believed in truth, justice and a humane social order."

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  • Twas The Night Before... (Dec. 13-23)
    The Flea teams with The Chelsea Art Museum on this holiday-themed event featuring ten-minute plays by Mac Wellman, Christopher Durang, Len Jenkin, Roger Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Swados and starring The Bats.
  • Golden Motors and The Rose Project (January 2007)
    The Flea welcomes Music-Theatre Group for a five-week residency to work on two musicals. The first features book and lyrics by Wendy S. Walters, music by Derek Bermel, and is directed by Kelly Robinson. The latter was conceived and directed by Sonoko Kawahara, with music by Deirdre Murray and text by Susan Wheeler.
  • Limonade Tous Les Jours by Charles Mee (March 8-April 28, 2007)
    Simpson directs the New York premiere of this work set against the backdrop of the beautiful Tuileries in Paris where "an older man and a younger woman, both wounded by past loves, embark on an affair they know is doomed to end but destined to begin." Also scheduled for the upcoming year include the annual Playwriting Festival curated by playwright Mac Wellman (four young playwrights, four new directors for four months of irreverent and relevant theater) as well as a number of dance and music programs. Visit the website (www.theflea.org) for more information.

    Tickets to shows at The Flea Theater, 41 White Street (between Broadway & Church Streets) are available by calling (212) 352-3101.  Flea Memberships are available as well through (212) 226-0051 or online at www.theflea.org.

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