By Michael Gioia
17 Dec 2012
Presented by The Flea Theater in association with Four Arts Media, the hour-long episodes, according to press notes, "explore American life decade by decade from the early 20th century to the present. American Song takes its name from the way the narrative of each episode in the series is inspired by a quintessential American song from the decade in which it is set. The songs, freshly interpreted, are performed at the beginning and end of the episodes by some of the best contemporary musical artists of our time."
The Dec. 17 performance, a comedy set in the 1930s, also includes Reg E. Cathey, Linda Powell, Stephen DeRosa and Max Gordon Moore, among others. The production also features legendary saxophone player Lou Marini.
Performances were also held Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Nov. 26. In 2013, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, WGBH and partner Public Radio International will record and broadcast the American Song series nationally. There are currently 13 episodes scheduled.
American Song is created and developed by Arthur Yorinks in association with senior executive producer Bruce Fagin and Flea artistic director Jim Simpson, who is co-directing the series.
"Each stand-alone play will be modern, edgy, raw and compelling," added creator Yorinks in an earlier statement.
The Greene Space is loacted at 44 Charlton Street. Tickets are $100 per episode; rush tickets at the door are $20. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit TheFlea.org.