Flux Theatre Ensemble

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FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Deinde  | Open: 04/27/12 Close: 05/12/12
Flux Theatre Ensemblewill present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg’s (The Lesser Seductions of History with Flux;Dream Walker with Sweet Pea Productions) DEINDE, April 27-May 12 as part of BFG Collective’s six month long residency at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City).The production will be directed by Flux Producing Director, Heather Cohn (nominated for an NYIT Outstanding Direction Award for Flux’s The Lesser Seductions of History; Winner of a FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction for Flux’s Other Bodies) and will feature Sol Marina Crespo (Winner of the 2005 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Female Actress), Ken Glickfeld* (OOBR ensemble award for Journey's End at Theater Row), Rachael Hip-Flores (“Anyone But Me” web series), David Ian Lee* (Infectious Opportunity with Nosedive Productions; Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots), Matthew Murumba* (Flux’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Isaiah Tanenbaum (The Messenger in Flux's Jacob’s House), Matthew Trumbull* (Mac Rogers’ Viral; Dear Ruth with Retro Productions), and Nitya Vidyasagar* (Puck in Flux's A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Leela on “Sesame Street”). The creative team will include Fight Choreography by Michael Lawrence Eisenstein, Sound Design by Martha Goode, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Set Design by Will Lowry, Dramaturgy by Ingrid Nordstrom, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers. The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi M. Witherell. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

In the not-too-distant future, the pressure to cure a global pandemic spurs the creation of DEINDE, a device that allows a team of brilliant quantum biologists to think directly into a powerful computer. At first, they use this prosthetic for the mind under strict rules of engagement, but soon noble ideals and personal passions lead a few to break the rules. They discover that DEINDE’s power is far greater than anyone first imagined, and their world spins out of control, raising questions of morality, consciousness, and what it means to be human in an age of rapid technological change.


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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Foreplay  | Open: 03/22/10 Close: 05/10/10
ForePlay is Flux Theatre Ensemble’s exploratory play reading series, in which contemporary playwrights are asked to riff on the themes connected to the mainstage production. This ForePlay will feature 16 playwrights re-imagining 8 stories from the Old Testament, inspired by Flux’s upcoming production of August Schulenburg’s JACOB’S HOUSE, a modern retelling of the Jacob wrestling the angel story. Join playwrights Johnna Adams, Jeremy Basescu, Erin Browne, Bekah Brunstetter, Leila Buck, James Comtois, Christine Evans, Fengar Gael, Michael John Garcés, Bill George, David Ian Lee, Kristen Palmer, Brian Pracht, Mac Rogers, and Crystal Skillman as they further explore themes of faith, family, legacy, and power.

 

Schedule of Readings

Monday, March 22 @ 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street) 
Secrets and Lies
Featuring works by Johnna Adams, James Comtois, Kristen Palmer, & Brain Pracht
Directed by Jordana Williams 
Secrets and Lies will focus on the stories of Queen Esther and David & Bathsheba. 
 
Monday, April 5 @ 7:30pm
Irondale Center (85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn) 
Journeys 
Featuring works by Jeremy Basescu, Bekah Brunstetter, & David Ian Lee
Directed by Angela Astle 
Journeys will focus on the stories of Abraham & Sarah and Ruth & Naomi. 

Monday, April 19 @ 7:30pm
Irondale Center (85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn) 
I and Thou
Featuring works by Leila Buck, Christine Evans, Michael John Garcés, & Bill George 
Directed by Heather Cohn 
I and Thou will focus on the stories of Moses and The Binding of Isaac. 
 
Monday, May 10 @ 7pm 
Access Theater Gallery (380 Broadway, 4th Floor) 
An Awesome God
Featuring works by Erin Browne, Fengar Gael, Mac Rogers, & Crystal Skillman  
Directed by Michael Davis 
An Awesome God will focus on The Creation Story and The Rebellion of Korah.
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Hearts Like Fists  | Open: 11/30/12 Close: 12/15/12
Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the New York Premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s (Pretty Theft; The Why Overhead) Hearts Like Fists,November 30-December 15 at The Secret Theatre (4402 23rd Street between 44th Road and 44th Avenue, Long Island City). The production will be directed by Kelly O’Donnell (Dog Act) and will feature Becky Byers* (Blast Radius; The Runner Stumbles; NYIT nomination for Dog Act), Rachael Hip-Flores (DEINDE; “Anyone But Me” webseries), Aja Houston* (Lipshtick), Jennifer Somers Kipley (Dream Walker), Susan Louise O’Connor* (Blythe Spirit on Broadway), Chester Poon (Job), August Schulenburg (8 Little Antichrists), Marnie Schulenburg* (How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage; Daytime Emmy Nomination for As the World Turns), Chinaza Uche* (Ajax in Iraq), and Chris Wight (Dog Act). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Scenic Design by Will Lowry, Lighting Design by Kia Rogers, and Fight Direction by Adam Swiderski, assisted by Rocío Mendez. The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi M. Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Hearts Like Fists is a superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. The city's heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Lisa's heart beats with hope: now that she's joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And every beat of Peter's wounded heart brings him closer to death, but he's designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? Do Peter and Lisa have a chance at love? And who is the girl with a face like a plate?

Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists received its World Premiere in August 2012 with Theatre of Note in Los Angeles. The inaugural production won the StageSceneLA Scenie Award for “Best World Premiere Play of 2012.”

“A trio of buxom superhero babes is taking names and kicking butt in Adam Szymkowicz’s graphic novel come to irresistible life… exhilarating, nerdy-sexy, and silly-smart. Try finding that on Fandango.” LA Times, Critics Choice

“Fun well done… [a] silly and irresistibly funny show.” LA Weekly, Pick of the Week

“A chop-socky cartoon on stage… an action-packed adventure romance set in the surreal world of female crime-fighting superheroes… Don’t miss this show!” Arts Beat LA

“An homage to Film Noir and Marvel Comics when blended together produces a hilarious theatrical experience!” NPR Station KPCC

“A play that is both campy and clever, but also full of heart and hope, another notch on this prolific young playwright’s belt.” StageSceneLA


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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Honey Fist  | Open: 04/30/13 Close: 05/18/13
Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg’s (DEINDE; Lesser Seductions of History) Honey FistApril 30-May 18 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Kelly O’Donnell (Hearts Like Fists) and will feature Matt Archambault (Lesser Seductions of History), Nat Cassidy*(Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape, FringeNYC 2012), Anna Rahn* (Ajax in Iraq), Isaiah Tanenbaum (Mac in DEINDE), and Chinaza Uche*(Peter in Hearts Like Fists). The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Set outside of Boston, Honey Fist follows a group of old friends gathering for an annual bender honoring Justin, a high school buddy who died young. An old adversary who turned Hollywood shows up with a movie star on his arm and a Porsche for the person who shares the best story about Justin. After the story-telling ends in a fight, the friends kidnap the movie star girlfriend as payback, and her presence unearths a painful truth about how Justin really died.

Flux’s production of Honey Fist will run in rep with their production of Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci. While both plays stand alone as individually conceived works, when presented together a fascinating dialogue emerges. Both plays explore the fraught landscape of loss, asking urgent questions like: “Who owns the stories of the dead?” and “Is it possible to move on without letting go?” yet each play has its own distinct and vital voice. Flux hopes that audiences will join them in the conversation sparked by presenting these plays together. The creative team for both productions will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard, Scenic Design by Charles Murdock Lucas, Costume Design by Will Lowry, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers.


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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Jane The Plain  | Open: 05/09/14 Close: 05/24/14
Football, popularity and the clash of the gods: it's all going down at Plainview High School's homecoming game in the comic fairy tale Jane the Plain. Jane's status takes a sudden rise after she saves the mysterious Glowing Girl and is given the gift of beauty. Everyone starts falling for her: quarterback Scotty the Hotty, second-stringer Lesson the Decent, even the most popular girl in school, Lexi the Sexy. As the jealous Betty the Pretty seeks to eliminate her newfound rival, Leonard the Awkward tries to win his best friend Jane back. But when another mysterious god, the Mirror Man, starts haunting Scotty, this battle of love and social status takes a dangerous turn of cosmic proportions. What if the wrong choice in high school really could end the world?

Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg’s (Lesser Seductions of History; DEINDE) JANE THE PLAIN, May 9-24 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Kelly O’Donnell (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists) with Assistant Director Emily Hartford (Co-founder, Rabbit Hole Ensemble) and will feature Becky Byers* (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists), Sol Crespo (nytheatre.com 2012 Person of the Year; August Schulenburg’s DEINDE), Chester Poon (Job at The Flea; Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists), Alisha Spielmann* (Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci), Isaiah Tanenbaum* (August Schulenburg’s Honey Fist), and Chinaza Uche* (Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year; Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (2014 USITT/LDI Rising Star Award; Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year), Set Design by Will Lowry (Ajax in Iraq), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Hearts Like Fists), and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (2012 nytheatre.com Person of the Year). The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi M. Witherell.  *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. 


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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Life is a Dream  | Open: 06/07/07 Close: 06/24/07
Calderón's play about the dream of life is given contemporary urgency in Flux Theatre Ensemble's upcoming production. "I am very concerned about the importance of individual liberty and the necessity of a person to be fully free in order to reach his or her potential," says director Kelly O'Donnell. "It is a fundamental right that is denied to so many people. It is heartbreaking and Segismundo's story is the perfect vehicle to explore that theme."

Segismundo is born a prince, but when prophecy predicts he will be a tyrant, his own father locks him in a tower. "[He] basically embarks on a crash-course to adulthood. In the beginning of the play, he is literally chained and cut off from the rest of the world" continues O'Donnell. "By the play's end he grows to a sturdy, self-actualized adult with a bright, however fragile, future."

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Menders  | Open: 01/19/12 Close: 02/11/12
Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of Erin Browne’s (Narrator 1 at Theater Row; Trying at The Bushwick Starr) MENDERS, January 19-February 11 at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South). The production will be directed by Flux Producing Director, Heather Cohn (nominated for an NYIT Outstanding Direction Award for Flux’s The Lesser Seductions of History; Winner of a FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction for Flux’s Other Bodies) and will feature Matthew Archambault (The Lesser Seductions of History), Sol Crespo (Winner of the 2005 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress), Vivia Font (Underneathmybed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Mike Mihm (Odysseus in Ajax in Iraq), Ingrid Nordstrom (Nosedive Productions’ Infectious Opportunity), Raushanah Simmons (ScreenPlay at The Flea), and Isaiah Tanenbaum (Jacob’s House).  The creative team will include Costume Design by Will Lowry (Le Grand Cirque at Sydney Opera House), Video Design by Trevor James Martin, Set Design by Cory Rodriguez (KCACTF Barbizon Award for Excellence in Scenic Design), Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (Ajax in Iraq), and Sound Design by Asa Wember (2008 NYIT Outstanding Sound Design Award for Flux’s Angel Eaters Trilogy). The production will be Stage Managed by Jodi Witherell.

Corey and Aimes are new recruits mending the wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat. But as their teacher Drew tells them subversive tales of the world outside they begin to wonder at the real purpose of the wall, until an unexpected act of passion tears the menders apart. Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”, Menders is a hauntingly lyrical look at what we’re walling out.

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ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST  | Open: 12/06/14 Close: 12/20/14
After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. What she finds instead is a dangerous, seductive world of secrets and magic from which she may not want to escape. Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest is a lyrical, haunting and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free. 

Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of Kristen Palmer’s (The Stray Dog with Rising Phoenix; Departures with Blue Coyote) ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, December 6-20 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Heather Cohn (NYIT Award nominated production of Sans Merci) with Assistant Director Sarah Amandes and will feature Arthur Aulisi* (3 Christs with Peculiar Works Project), Becky Byers* (Advance Man and Blast Radius with Gideon Productions), Rachael Hip-Flores (Sans Merci with Flux), Brian Silliman* (2014 NYIT Award Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in Dark Water with MTWorks; The Pumpkin Pie Show: Seasick), Chinaza Uche* (Jane the Plain with Flux) and Kristen Vaughan (Frankenstein Upstairs with Gideon Productions). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (NY Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year; 2014 NYIT Nominee for Jane the Plain), Set Design by Will Lowry (Jane the Plain with Flux), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Hearts Like Fists with Flux), Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (2012 nytheatre.com Person of the Year; 2014 NYIT Award for Jane the Plain), and Props Design by Sara Slagle. The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi M. Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST will be presented by Flux Theatre Ensemble at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) December 6-20, Wednesday through Saturday and Mondays at 7:30pm with additional performances on Sunday, December 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30pm. Tickets ($18; $15 students) may be purchased online at www.fluxtheatre.org


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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Pretty Theft  | Open: 04/23/09 Close: 05/17/09
After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad-girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant obsessed with ballerinas. When things between them take a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross-country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Newest Flux member Angela Astle stages this unsettling comedy by the critically acclaimed playwright of Nerve, Food for Fish and Incendiary. The play will be produced at Access Theater’s Gallery space, a non-traditional theater space which will highlight the element of dance seen throughout the play. 

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Riding the Bull  | Open: 09/16/07 Close: 09/16/07
A love affair between a devout rodeo clown and a hellraising rancher leads to Graceland, prophetic sex, and cows that rise from the dead in what nytheatre.com called "a charming and unconventional look at the nature and definition of belief."

**Winner: Village Voice Audience Favorite award for 2007 New York Fringe Festival

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Riding the Bull  | Open: 08/11/07 Close: 08/24/07
A love affair between a devout rodeo clown and a hellraising rancher leads to Graceland, prophetic sex, and cows that rise from the dead in what nytheatre.com called "a charming and unconventional look at the nature and definition of belief."
Flux Theatre Ensemble is thrilled to remount their 2005 production of August Schulenburg's critically acclaimed play, Riding the Bull. Originally developed at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and then presented at Theater for the New City, Riding the Bull went on to be published in the New York Theatre Review as one of the outstanding Off-Off Broadway shows of the season.
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Sans Merci  | Open: 04/26/13 Close: 05/17/13
Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of Johnna Adams’ (The Angel Eaters Trilogy with Flux; 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award) Sans MerciApril 26-May 17 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Heather Cohn (NYIT Outstanding Direction Award nominee for The Lesser Seductions of History) and will feature Rachael Hip-Flores (Anyone But Me webseries; Hearts Like Fists with Flux), Susan Ferrara* (Peasant with KEF Productions), and Alisha Spielmann* (Blast Radius with Gideon Productions; The Runner Stumbles with Retro Productions). The Production Stage Manager will be Audrey Marshall. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

When Tracy, a shy literature major, falls in love with Kelly, a political activist, their shared idealism takes them on a humanitarian mission to South America. Years later, Tracy’s mother visits Kelly with hard questions about her daughter, their relationship, and the truth of what happened on the final day of their mission.

Flux’s production of Sans Merci will run in rep with their production of August Schulenburg’s Honey Fist. While both plays stand alone as individually conceived works, when presented together a fascinating dialogue emerges. Both plays explore the fraught landscape of loss, asking urgent questions like: “Who owns the stories of the dead?” and “Is it possible to move on without letting go?” yet each play has its own distinct and vital voice. Flux hopes that audiences will join them in the conversation sparked by presenting these plays together. The creative team for both productions will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard, Scenic Design by Charles Murdock Lucas, Costume Design by Will Lowry, and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers.


About the Company: Flux Theatre Ensemble

FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE Flux is an ensemble of 12 multi-faceted theatre artists developing plays through its quarterly Food:Soul play development series, weekly Flux Sunday workshops and its annual week-long retreat. In 2008, the New York Press called Flux “The Most Underappreciated Indie Theatre Whose Work You Should Get Your Ass To” and nytheatre.com made Flux one of their “People of the Year” for 2008.

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