Mac Wellman Dreams Up Anything's Dream for Flea, Jan. 3-5

News   Mac Wellman Dreams Up Anything's Dream for Flea, Jan. 3-5
Fabulist avant-garde playwright Mac Wellman will bring his latest work to his once and future home, Off-Off-Broadway's Flea Theatre, Jan. 3-5.

The piece, called Anything's Dream, is a nod to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and was commissioned by the small Muhlenberg College. Wellmen drew on Shakespeare's comedy and the paintings of Victorian artists Richard Dadd, Francis Danby and Richard Doyle to create the text, which utilizes the Bard's characters. It ran Nov. 15-24 at the college and proved so successful that the Flea picked it up for a brief New York run. Director Beth Schacter described the play as something one would find "under a rock in A Midsummer Night's Dream." Puck and his elves are plotting a revolution against the heads of the underworld and contend with Mad Daddy for dominion of the dream world. Mad Daddy stands in for the painter Dadd, who created his countless depictions of fairy worlds while shut up in England's Bedlam asylum. Danby and Doyle also turned out canvases replete with fairies and nymphs.

Stephen Soroka is Puck and Lance Bankerd plays Mad Daddy. Clare Byrne choreographed and Cynthia Hopkins composed the original music.

Tickets are $15. The Flea is located at 41 White Street. Call (212) 206 1515.

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