Tomorrow Is Grim in Future Anxiety, a World Premiere at Flea Theater; Cast Announced | Playbill

News Tomorrow Is Grim in Future Anxiety, a World Premiere at Flea Theater; Cast Announced
Off-Off-Broadway's The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Laurel Haines' Future Anxiety, set in a world of depleted resources, April 15-May 26. Artistic director Jim Simpson directs a cast drawn from the Flea's resident acting company, The Bats.

Vin Kridakorn
Vin Kridakorn Photo by Max Ruby

According to The Flea, Future Anxiety "is set in the not-too-distant future. Unfortunately, the planet's become uninhabitable. Fortunately, Karl's built a spaceship. In this fiercely intelligent and wildly conceivable vision of the apocalypse, a new generation tries to make sense of how to live on a planet with increasingly drained resources and suspect inhabitants."

Opening night is April 28. The Flea is at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood.

The cast of 22 includes Brett Aresco, Allison Buck, Holly Chou, Ugo Chukwu, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Grant Harrison, Alex Herrald, Josephine Huang, Amanda Idoko, Raúl Sigmund Julia, Yvette King, Vin Kridakorn, Maren Langdon, Betsy Lippitt, Seth Moore, Joy Notoma, Reynaldo Piniella, Donaldo Prescod, Anita Sabherwal, Joann Sacco, Keola Simpson, Hansel Tan and Monica Wyche.

The design team includes Kyle Chepulis (set), Brian Aldous (lighting), Sydney Gallas (costumes), Jill BC DuBoff (sound), David Prittie (graphics), Kate Sinclair Foster (props) and Michelle Kelleher (stage manager).

Haines' play The Dianalogues, about the public's obsession with Princess Diana, has been produced in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa, and is published in "Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2003" (Smith and Kraus) and "Best Women's Monologues for the Millennium" (Applause Books). Future Anxiety was a finalist for the National New Play Network's Smith Prize. She has written book and lyrics for musicals including Stones of Wisdom, a puppet musical for young people commissioned by First Stage Children's Theater in Milwaukee, WI, and Beach Wars, co-authored by Nan Hoffman and Howard Pfeifer and presented at the Stages Festival 2006 in Chicago. Her other plays include Gun in the Funnies (staged reading in Kitchen Dog Theatre's New Works Festival 2009), Raw Footage (Arizoni Award, Best Original Script 2000), and Potatoes and Radio City (Collaboraction Sketchbook 2004 and 2005). For more more information, visit

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