The Flea Theater has announced the opening of its new, three-theatre performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in TriBeCa and the 2017 fall season of productions. Last fall, the Off-Off-Broadway theatre said farewell to its longtime home at 41 White Street, where it had been operating for 20 years.
The new Flea features three performances spaces: The Sam, a large black-box named for talent agent Sam Cohn; The Pete, an intimate indoor-outdoor performance space named for late playwright A.R. Gurney; and The Siggy, a below-ground theatre that uses arches dating back to the building’s origins in the 1700’s, named for Flea founder Sigourney Weaver.
The grand opening, which will mark the first theatre complex to open in downtown Manhattan in 11 years, will be September 28.
The first Flea production in the new complex will be Nick Robideau’s Inanimate, set to begin performances in the Siggy Theater August 21. The new play is centered on Erica, who is in love with a letter in the Dairy Queen sign in her small town in Massachusetts. The limited engagement, directed by Courtney Ulrich, will run through September 24.
As part of its inaugural season in its new home, the Flea will also present NSangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, directed by Artistic Director Niegel Smith in the Sam Theater (September 25–October 29); the return of its late-night series, Serials; and the launch of two new programs, Cereals, plays for younger audiences and Flea Fridays, an alternative community-based happy hour.
For more information visit TheFea.org.