Infrared, at the Flea Theatre of Off-Off-Broadway, will end its run on Feb. 5. The Fancy Pants production of Mac Wellman's play began performances Jan. 14 at the Flea, in the Tribeca section of New York City.
Wellman, a member of the Bat Theatre Company, which uses the Flea as a home base, has previously seen his work presented by the company, most recently Girl Gone. Infrared has a typically abstract, Wellmanesque plot, inspired by Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market and cartoonist Edward Gorey's work. An "exploration of identity, light and shadow, the play -- not to be confused with the Bob Hope movie vehicle -- follows a misshapen monster as he searches for his shadow.
Jennifer Cooper, Susan Heimbinder and Leigh Secrest are featured. James Godwin directs.
Wellman is about as established as an avant-garde, downtown playwright can be. He has won two Obie Awards, a Bessie Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Festivals of his work were presented in five cities in 1997 and 1998. His plays include A Murder of Crows, 7 Blowjobs, Terminal Hip and Crowbar.
The Flea is located at 41 White Street. Call (212) 226-0051 for more information. -- By Robert Simonson