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A CAUTIONARY TAIL Extends at The Flea Through 7/23

Due to popular demand, The Flea Theater is extending of the World Premiere of a cautionary tail by christopher oscar peña. a cautionary tail is a play of impossible choices set in a world of magical characters. First generation Chinese-Americans growing up in New York City, Vivienne and Luke confront a confused tangle of family, a diverse array of friends, and their rampant sexuality. In our digital age, how can they navigate the traditional expectations of their mother with their American culture of individuality?

The extension schedule is as follows:
Monday, July 1st @ 7pm
Tuesday, July 2nd @ 7pm
Wednesday, July 3rd @ 7pm
Saturday, July 6th @ 7pm
Monday, July 15th @ 7pm
Sunday, July 21st @ 7pm
Monday, July 22nd @ 7pm
Tuesday, July 23rd @ 7pm

Directed by Flea Resident Director Benjamin Kamine (Thomas Bradshaw's Job), the cast features The Bats, the resident Acting Company at The Flea, and includes many actors from recent hit Flea shows such as These Seven Sicknesses, Job, and Restoration Comedy: Krystina Bailey, Barron Bass, Matt Bovee, Madeleine Bundy, Sasha Diamond, Karen Eilbacher, Aaron Parker Fouhey, Alex J. Gould, Cleo Gray, Alex Grubbs, Marlowe Holden, Evan Maltby, Bonnie Milligan, Jacquelyn Revere, Orlando Rivera, Stephen Stout, Ramón Olmos Torres, Kate Thulin and Tony Vo.

The creative team features Set Design by David Meyer (LAByrinth Theater Company), Lighting Design by Jonathan Cottle (Flea Resident Designer), Costume Design by Andrea Lauer (American Idiot, Bring It On: The Musical), Sound Design by Jeremy S. Bloom (Flea Resident Designer), and Movement Direction by Laura Brandel (Hit The Wall). A cautionary tail was commissioned by NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Acting Production (MarK Wing-Davey, Artistic Director).

Christopher oscar peña (Playwright) is a playwright from California currently splitting his time between New York City and Chicago. He received his B.A. in Dramatic Arts from U.C. Santa Barbara where he studied with Naomi Iizuka and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His plays include maelstrom, l(y)re, i wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever? or things i found on craigslist, icarus burns, the suicide tapes, alone above a raging sea, and TINY PEOPLE (or, it gets better). His work has been developed or seen at The Public Theater, Two River Theater, New York Stage and Film with The Lark, Ars Nova, NYU Grad, INTAR, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator,, American Theater Company (Chicago), Son of Semele (LA) and The New York Theatre Workshop, among many others. With Vayu O'Donnell, he is the creator and co-star of 80/20, a new series for the web, which was named an Official Selection at the 2013 New Media Film Festival in LA. An alumni of INTAR's Hispanic Playwrights Lab, he has also been an Emerging Artist Fellow at NYTW, a Writing Fellow with The Playwrights Realm, and was a recipient of the Latino Playwrights Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has been a visiting fellow at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference in Tennessee, featured in the Crossing Borders Festival with Two River Theater and has also been in residence at the Orchard Project. In 2011, christopher traveled to London as part of the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange with the Old Vic New Voices where his play however long the night premiered on the Old Vic stage. He was the Lark Play Development Centers 2012 Van Lier Fellow, and is currently working on a commission for the Goodman Theatre where he is in residence as a member of their Playwrights Unit. He is represented by Kate Navin at Gersh and Henry Huang at Station 3.

Benjamin Kamine (Director) is a stage director and designer based in Manhattan. He recently directed the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's Job at The Flea Theater (Timeout Critics' Pick, "a jolting treat" - Ben Brantley, New York Times). Other directing credits include Medea's Got Some Issues by Emilio Williams (Best International Show 2012, United Solo Festival at TheaterRow), Why Me? by Leah Nanako Winkler (Asking for Trouble at EST), The Man Under by Paul Bomba (59E59), and an immersive audio theater piece with Tommy Smith called Nectarine EP. He is a resident director at The Flea Theater and at the Jewish Plays Project and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He has developed work with The New Group, The Flea Theater, EST/Youngblood, Barefoot Theatre Company, Primary Stages, and the Jewish Plays Project, directing readings and workshops of plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Robert Askins, Nick Jones, and Trish Harnetiaux, among others. He also works throughout New York as a sound, lighting, and projection designer, and is a Guest Artist at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies.

The Bats are the resident Acting Company members of The Flea Theater. Each year over a thousand actors audition for a place in this unique company. The Bats perform in extended runs of challenging classic and new plays. The Bats have recently appeared in premieres by A.R. Gurney, Will Eno, Adam Rapp, Beau Willimon, Mac Wellman, Elizabeth Swados, Thomas Bradshaw, Itamar Moses, Sheila Callaghan, Julian Sheppard, Ken Urban, Tommy Smith, Jonathan Reynolds, Trista Baldwin, Laurel Haines, Qui Nguyen, Sean Graney, and Amy Freed.

The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented over 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres by Steven Banks, Thomas Bradshaw, Bathsheba Doran, Will Eno, Karen Finley, Amy Freed, Sean Graney, A.R. Gurney, Hamish Linklater, Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio, Itamar Moses, Anne Nelson, Qui Nguyen, Adam Rapp, Jonathan Reynolds, Roger Rosenblatt, Elizabeth Swados, and Mac Wellman. Recent successes include Drama Desk nominated She Kills Monsters and These Seven Sicknesses.

a cautionary tail runs through July 23, schedule varies. The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines. Tickets range from $15 - $30 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at

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