The Flea Announces Adam Rapp World Premiere and New Season

News   The Flea Announces Adam Rapp World Premiere and New Season
The Flea Theater has announced its 2016 spring season will feature a world-premiere work written and directed by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp as well as new works by playwrights Kristiana Colón and Sarah Gancher.
Adam Rapp
Adam Rapp Photo by Monica Simoes
Adam Rapp
Adam Rapp Photo by Monica Simoes

Rapp (Red Light Winter) returns to the Flea to debut Wolf in the River, in which he explores "love and neglect, the challenges of poverty, the dangerous cost of shiftlessness, the simple notion of leaving a place behind, and the value of a girl," according to production notes. Also to be helmed by Rapp, performances will run March 10-May 2, with an official opening night slated for March 21.

The season kicks off next month with the U.S. premiere of Colón's but I cd only whisper. Directed by David Monteagudo, the work is inspired by extracts from for colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange and is set in New York during the 1970's. "At the tail end of the Vietnam War veteran Beau Willie Brown attempts to return to the family and life he left behind," state press notes. "but I cd only whisper moves through time and space fusing the physical and the poetic to explore the effects of trauma, society, and self." Performances will run Feb. 18-March 14, with an official opening night slated for Feb. 29.

Beginning April 14, the Flea will present the world premiere of The Place We Built by Gancher, about a dynamic group of artists in contemporary Budapest, directed by Danya Taymor. "In a deserted neighborhood in post-communist Budapest, a group of young bohemians build a bar," begin press notes. "Reclaiming a Jewish identity their parents' generation abandoned after the Holocaust, they create a vibrant new subculture combining big ideas and intense debates with wild abandon and outrageous parties. But as authoritarianism and anti-Semitism make a surprise comeback in Hungary, they must fight to save the place they built."

Each production will feature The Bats, the Flea's resident acting company. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit

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