The Flea Theater is set to officially unveil its new three-theatre performing arts complex in New York City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration September 28. Last fall, The Flea said farewell to its longtime home at 41 White Street, where it had been operating for 20 years; it is now operating out of 20 Thomas Street in TriBeCa.
The new theatre 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.
Weaver and co-founder Jim Simpson will both be in attendance at the unveiling ceremony. Also speaking will be government officials Comptroller Scott Stringer, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl, Majority Leader of the City Council James G. Van Bramer, and First District City Council Member Margaret Chin. Flea Board Chair Linda Schupack and Flea Artistic and Producing Directors, Niegel Smith and Carol Ostrow, will also take part.
The first Flea production in the new complex is Nick Robideau’s “objectophilia drama“ Inanimate, which began performances in the Siggy Theater August 21. The new play follows 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, has been extended and will now run through October 1.
Performances of NSangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, directed by Artistic Director Smith, began September 25 in the Sam Theater.
For more information visit TheFea.org.