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The Flea Theater’s Hit #serials@theflea Returns for Cycle 3, Last Performance 8/20

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Following two sold-out runs, The Flea Theater is proud to announce Cycle 3 of #serials@theflea, the raucous late night play competition featuring The Bats and some of NYC's hottest young playwrights. Live music and free beer from official sponsor Sixpoint Brewery help fuel this weekly event.  The last performance will take place on August 20. All tickets are only $10.

"The serials are hilarious, surprising, and exuberant--a potent mix of young playwrights and crack actors serving up short form work right in your face." notes Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson."

In #serials@theflea, five teams of Bats perform original ten-minute episodic plays. The audience votes for its three favorite pieces, which return the next week with a new installment. The teams with the two least popular stories must likewise come back the following week, but with entirely different serialized plays.

Participating playwrights include Lucy Alibar (Too Little Too Late), Josh Barrett (HBO's Generation Kill), Patrick Barrett (Follow Me Down), Randy Blair and Tim Drucker (Spidermusical), Rachel Bonds (Michael & Edie), E.J.C. Calvert (The Bird Girl), Jonathan Caren (The Recommendation at The Old Globe), Joshua Conkel (milkmilklemonade), Stacy Davidowitz (Pink!), Dylan Dawson (Woodshed Collective's upcoming The Tenant), Lila Feinberg (Monkey Bowl), Halley Feiffer (How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them), Edith Freni (Baby Girl), Jonathan Goldberg (The Landwhale Murders), Joshua Elias Harmon (Love in the Time of Channukah), Jessica S. Hinds (Nevin),
Nick Jones (LCT3's The Coward), Boo Killebrew (They're Just Like Us), JC Lee (Julliard Playwriting Fellow), Eric John Meyer (The Sister at The Brick), Michael Mitnick (2nd Stage Uptown's The Sex Lives of Our Parents), Vickie Ramirez (Public Theater Emerging Writers Group), David West Read
(Roundabout Underground's The Dream of the Burning Boy), Sharyn Rothstein (Camp Monster), Jordan Seavey (The Truth Will Out), Crystal Skillman (The Vigil), Kevin Christopher Snipes (The Chimes at SPF), and Emily Chadick Weiss (EST/Youngblood).

Bands for Cycle 3 include Aunts&Uncles, Boy Girl Party, Grace McLean and Them Apples, Great Dog Almighty, The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony, HolidayHoliday, Nathan Leigh and the Travelling Salesmen, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly and The Vanguard.

Created by Bat company members Dominic Spillane and Stephen Stout, in collaboration with Jim Simpson, #serials@theflea is directed by Nicole Greene and Mia Walker, The Flea's resident directors, Mary Birnbaum, Jeremy Bloom, Jess Chayes, Tamara Fisch, Kel Haney, Luke Harlan, Kate Pines, Brian Smith, Allison Troup-Jensen, and Sarah Elizabeth Wansley.

The production features over 50 members of The Bats, The Flea's resident company of actors, including Tiffany Abercrombie, Brett Aresco, Crystal Arnette, Musa Bacon, Satomi Blair, Allison Buck, Veracity Butcher, Ugo Chukwu, Thomas Crawford, Brent Dixon, Greg Engbrecht, Bobby Foley, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Eric Folks, Michael Goldlist, Morgan Harris, Grant Harrison, Halima Henderson, Alex Herrald, Harrison Hill, Josephine Huang, Amanda Idoko, Raul Julia, Yvette King, Vin Kirdakorn, Maren Langdon, Georgia X. Lifsher, Sean McIntyre, Michael Micalizzi, Kate
Michaud, Seth Moore, Megha Nabe, Sade Namei, Joy Natoma, Frank Paiva, Reynaldo Pinillia, Briana Pozner, Donaldo Prescod, Ivano Pulito, Brett Robinson, Anita Sabherwal, Joann Sacco, Zak Sandler, Nicky Schmidlein, Michelle Silvani, Dominic Spillane, Stephen Stout, Hansel Tan, Ronald
Washington, Akyiaa Wilson and Monica Wyche.

Dominic Spillane (Producer) is in his second year as a member of The Flea Theater's Bat company. Last season he was seen in Sheila Callaghan's Recess directed by Kip Fagan, and Adam Rapp's Classic Kitchen Timer as a part of The Great Recession: an evening of six original one-act plays. Dominic recently returned from Williamstown Theater Festival as a part of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation directed by Anne Kauffman. He was also a part of the Williamstown fellowship that originated Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, which was produced by Playwrights Horizons last fall. Dominic wrote, directed, and produced the short film Falling Down in
2007 which toured 4 international film festivals, as well as various plays, and one-act festivals in Los Angeles.

Stephen Stout (Producer) runs the Old Vic New Voices Network in New York City for London's The Old Vic Theatre, with whom he has produced London Calling (The Vineyard Theatre), Biting the Big Apple (The Public Theater), Live in London, Empire State of Mind (The Old Vic), and The Arden Project (3LD Arts & Technology Center) - the first transatlantic digitally webcast performance featuring new work by top emerging British and American playwrights performed simultaneously in both cities. As a member of The Bats, he has performed in Sheila Callaghan's Recess and Erin Courtney's Severed as part of The Great Recession, Itamar Moses' Love/Stories or but
you will get used to it, The Footage, and readings/workshops with writers Thomas Bradshaw, Len Jenkin, Itamar Moses, Sam Marks, and Mac Wellman. Other recent NYC Credits include: Yes We Can (Walkerspace), things i found on craigslist (Theatre for a New City), The Spanish Tragedy (Red Bull Theatre - Revelation Readings Series), l(y)re (Ontological Hysteric Incubator), La Boheme (spoken) (The Cell), Three Sisters (The Assembly) and three seasons with The Aquila Theatre Company. Film credits include: Mystery Team (Sundance '09) and Checkout (HBO US Comedy Arts Festival).

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, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has
presented nearly 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances
since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres of
Anne Nelson's The Guys; six plays by A.R. Gurney (Post Mortem, O
Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth, A Light Lunch and Office Hours);
Mac Wellman's Cellophane and Two September; Roger Rosenblatt's Ashley
Montana Goes Ashore... and The Oldsmobiles; Elizabeth Swados' JABU and
Kaspar Hauser; Karen Finley's Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman; Adam
Rapp's Bingo with the Indians; Will Eno's Oh, The Humanity and other
exclamations; Dawn by Thomas Bradshaw; The Great Recession, Jonathan
Reynolds' Girls in Trouble, Bathsheba Doran's Parents' Evening, and most
recently the holiday hit Looking at Christmas by Steven Banks, American
Sexy by Trista Baldwin, Future Anxiety by Laurel Haines and Just Cause by
Zack Russell.

#serials@theflea runs June 9 - August 20, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays
at 11pm. Check www.theflea.org for the full performance schedule. 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 are $10 and are available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to
each performance. Each ticket purchase includes a free beer. Sixpoint
Brewery is the official sponsor of #serials@theflea.

 


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