Tony-nominated composer, lyricist and director Elizabeth Swados has teamed with 13P playwright Erin Courtney to create the operatic work that will officially open Feb. 28 and run through March 28. Swados will direct.
Kasper Hauser, according to press notes, "is a true tale about a wild child found on the streets of Nuremburg in 1828. With a story much like a Dickens novel, the piece explores all the good and evil that happens when an innocent is introduced into society. Kaspar Hauser is a fairy tale, a fable, and a Brechtian gaze at our addiction to stars (and the tabloids) and the society that lifts them up only to slam them down."
The Flea's resident acting company, the Bats, will inhabit the work. They include: Adrienne Deekman, Jennifer Fouché, Beth Griffith, Nicolas Greco, Joseph Dale Harris, Arlo Hill, Michael Hopewell, Amy Jackson, Erica Livingston, Chad Lindsey, Vella Lovell, Preston Martin, Kelly McCormack, Colin Mew, Jason Najjoum, Eliza Poehlman, Hannah Shankman, Marshall York and Carly Zien.
Swados said in a statement, "Kasper Hauser is a musical theatre piece, you might call it an opera, somewhere between Beethoven and Queen, and it only could be done in its first version at the Flea, a theatre that is both brave and strict about quality. And then there are the amazing Bats, a repertory company of highly energetic and talented actors who also sing with voices that range from Janis Joplin to Bjork to John Mayer. The Flea is an artistic home where anything can happen."
Designersare John McDermott (set design), Jeanette Yew (lighting design), Normandy Sherwood (costume design) and Sam Goldman (sound design). Kris Kukul will musical direct with movement by Mimi Quillin. Elizabeth Swados earned Tony nominations for her work as composer, lyricist, book writer, choreographer and director of Runaways. She has penned book, music and lyrics for Alice in Concert as well as Lullabye and Goodnight, The Trilogy, Nightclub Cantata and Groundhog. Her previous collaborations with Restrepo include Open Door and Everything Is Different.
For tickets, priced $25, phone (212) 352-3101, or visit TheFlea. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Streets, in Manhattan.