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Israel Horovitz One-acts  | Open: 07/05/12 Close: 07/15/12

The Flea Theater Presents U.S. Premiere of The Bump in Ethikos Productions’

ISRAEL HOROVITZ ONE-ACTS

Featuring the Rarely Seen Shorts It’s Called the Sugar Plum & Beirut Rocks

NEW YORK, NY – Over a half century of works collide as The Flea Theater presents Ethikos Productions’ Israel Horovitz One-Acts, featuring It’s Called the Sugar Plum, Beirut Rocks, and the U.S. Premiere of his latest play, The Bump.  Directed by former Flea Resident Director Mia Walker, the production previews July 5, with opening night slated for Friday, July 6.  All tickets are only $20.

“I was so horrified to learn that Ethikos was insisting on producing a play I wrote at age 17 (It's Called the Sugar Plum) that I rushed to one of their recent rehearsals to give them a play I had written only 17 days earlier (The Bump),” says Horovitz. “From what I saw, however, the future of our theatre is indeed hopeful. As ever, I'm delighted to be working with young theatre artists such as the Ethikos troupe.”

Curated from Horovitz’s vast canon of shorts,Israel Horovitz One-Acts paints a rich coming-of-age portrait over the course of three plays and three different decades. 

Set in late 1950’s Cambridge, It’s Called the Sugar Plum is a dark comedy about two college students fighting grief, guilt and greed in the wake of a tragic accident.  In Beirut Rocks, tensions reach fever pitch as four American students await evacuation in the midst of the 2006 Hezbollah air raids.  Complementing these two pieces is The Bump, a brief encounter between two conflicted hearts in a U.S. passport office.

“This rare combination of work speaks to Horovitz’s ability to transcend generational and cultural boundaries,” says director Mia Walker. “These plays address the timeless desires of young adults as they deal with identity, love, possession, and obsession—depictions that are both haunting and comic.”

Israel Horovitz One-Actscoincides with the production Enfermés by La Troupe en Bois in Paris this summer, which also pairs Sugar Plum with Beirut Rocks. “The Ethikos team truly fell in love with Sugar Plum, and Israel was so kind to inform us of what other young artists abroad were doing,” says Ethikos Co-Founder Jenna Ciralli.  “Combined with a U.S. premiere, we couldn’t be happier to bring this show, our inaugural production, to The Flea.”

The cast includes Julie Asriyan-Piotrowski, Dan Catomeris, Jenna Ciralli, Lyle Friedman, Brian Rice, and Hunter Thore.  The design team includes Jason Sherwood (set), Jonathan Cottle (lighting), Ashley Farra (costumes), Kate Sinclair Foster (props), Tasha Guevara (sound), Daphne Schmon (video), Megan O’Keefe (dramaturg), Rachael Harris (technical director), Jenna Lloyd (asst. lighting), José Perez IV (fight director), and Nicole Greene (stage manager).  Jenna Ciralli, Jeffrey Galli, and Brian Rice serve as producers, with John H. Kaufman III serving as associate producer.

Israel Horovitz’s70+ plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages worldwide.  Best-known plays includeLine (in its 39th year, off-Bway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays (Alfred the Great, Our Father’s Failing, Alfred Dies, Hopscotch, The 75th, Stage Directions and Spared), The Widow’s Blind Date, The Growing Up Jewish Trilogy (Today, I Am A Fountain Pen, A Rosen By Any Other Name, and The Chopin Playoffs), Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, 6 Hotels (The Wedding Play, Speaking of Tushy, Beirut Rocks, The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, and 2nd Violin), Compromise, andThe Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history.  Awards include OBIE (twice), Prix Italia, Drama Desk Award, Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and many others. Horovitz was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor awarded to foreign artists.  He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab. 

Mia Walker was a 2010-2011 Resident Director at The Flea Theater, where she directed the New York premiere of Trista Baldwin’s American Sexy. Bway/ART: Tony Award-winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Asst. Dir.); Prometheus Bound (ART/Asst. Dir.). Other NY theater: Gardenplays (East 4th Street Theatre/Dir.); Childhood Dreams (enCANTA/Dir.). Mia also frequently directs short plays with Ensemble Studio Theater's Youngblood program. Magna cum laude from Harvard University, B.A. in Filmmaking.

Ethikos Productions, founded April 2012, is a non-profit production company rooted in and formed from the William Esper Studio artistic community in New York. Israel Horovitz One-Acts marks Ethikos' inaugural production and mission to provide our niche of actors with rich, professional opportunities in the larger NYC community.

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 over 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, Looking at Christmas by Steven Banks, and the Drama Desk nominated productions: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen and These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney.

ISRAEL HOROVITZ ONE-ACTS runs July 5-8 & 12-15, Thursday through Sunday at 7pm. The Flea Theater 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 $20 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or online at theflea.org.


About the Company: Ethikos Productions

Ethikos Productions, founded April 2012, is a non-profit production company rooted in and formed from the William Esper Studio artistic community in New York. Israel Horovitz One-Acts marks Ethikos' inaugural production and mission to provide our niche of actors with rich, professional opportunities in the larger NYC community.

#serials@theflea  | Open: 03/11/11 Close: 03/25/11
Following a sold-out initial run, The Flea Theater is proud to announce Cycle 2 of #serials@theflea, it’s raucous late night play competition featuring The Bats and some of NYC’s hottest young playwrights. Live music and free beer help fuel this weekly event, which runs Friday and Saturday nights starting March 11, 2011. All tickets are only $10.

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.

#serials@theflea is one of the most popular productions in The Flea’s history,” notes Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson notes. “The energy and enthusiasm for this event surpassed our expectations. We just had to bring it back.”

Participating playwrights include Josh Barrett (HBO’s Generation Kill) Patrick Barrett (Follow Me Down), Chad Beckhim (The Wii Plays), Havilah Brewster, Lila Fein, Dylan Dawson (Naked Angels’ Naked Radio), Nathan Leigh (Big Money, The Consequences), Adam Lerman (The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony), and Alena Smith (Plunder).

Bands for Cycle 2 include Avan Lava, Grace McLean and Teen Girl Scientist Monthly.

Created by Bat company members Dominic Spillane and Stephen Stout, in collaboration with Jim Simpson, #serials@theflea is directed by The Flea’s resident directors and Sarah Wansley.

The production features over 40 members of The Bats, The Flea’s resident company of actors, including Tiffany Abercrombie, Brett Aresco, Crystal Arnette, Satomi Blair, Allison Buck,  Ugo Chukwu, Thomas Crawford, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Grant Harrison, Halima Henderson, Alex Herrald, Harrison Hill, Josephine Huang, Amanda Idoko, Christian Jacobs, Yvette King, Vin Kirdakorn, Maren Langdon, Georgia X. Lifsher, Vella Lovell, Kate Michaud, Seth Moore, Megha Nabe, Sade Namei, Joy Natoma, Reynaldo Pinillia, Briana Pozner, Donaldo Prescod, Brett Robinson, John Russo, Anita Sabherwal, Joann Sacco, Zak Sandler, Nicky Schmidlein, Michelle Silvani, Dominic Spillane, Stephen Stout, Hansel Tan, Ronald Washington, Alana Williams, Akyiaa Wilson and Monica Wyche.

#serials@theflea runs March 11th – March 26th, Fridays at midnight and Saturdays at 11pm and 1am. 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 45 minutes prior to each performance.  Each ticket purchase includes a free beer.

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 and American Sexy by Trista Baldwin.

 


About the Company: The Flea

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; five plays by A.R. Gurney (Post Mortem, O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth and A Light Lunch); 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 Reynold's’ Girls in Trouble; and most recently Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran.

Love/Stories (Or But You Will Get Used To It)  | Open: 01/29/09 Close: 03/30/09
The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Itamar Moses' LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT), a collection of five short new plays. Moses is the author of The Four of Us, Bach at Leipzig, Back Back Back and Celebrity Row, a playwright whose sensibility is the perfect match for The Bats, The Flea's resident company of emerging artists. Performances begin previews on January 29 with opening night slated for Monday, February 16.

Nothing is what it seems in LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT), five funny and poignant short plays. A casting session for a play about a love affair goes awry. A talk-back with a theatre audience becomes the occasion for a life-altering choice. A couple moving in together finds that greater intimacy can have surprising results. And much more.

The production is directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and features a design team consisting of Jerad Schomer (set), Joe Chapman (lights), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Brandon Wolcott, (sound) and Eilzabeth Kandel (graphic design). The play will star Felipe Bonilla, Laurel Holland, Maren Langdon, Michael Micalizzi and John Russo, five members of The Bats.

Says playwright Moses, "Theater is so much closer to music than it is to fiction and so, in a way, only ever writing full-length plays is like only ever writing concept albums, or Handel's Messiah. But a short play is like a single. And the short form is one of my favorite things to write. The problem though, is that these plays often have no real life, or they run for one weekend, once, and disappear, and they become the homeless orphaned bastard children of a playwright's oeuvre. I'm thrilled that The Flea has entrusted me with their terrific young acting company and given these five bastards orphans of mine a home."

Itamar Moses is the author of Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjacket, Back Back Back and Completeness, Reality! (a musical with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (a musical with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin), and various short plays and one-acts. His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. He has received new play commissions from The McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center. Itamar holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition, Naked Angels Writers Group, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He was born in Berkeley, CA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Director Michelle Tattenbaum's previous collaborations with Itamar Moses include the Los Angeles premiere of The Four of Us; The Chromium Hook for Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; Reality! for the Cape Cod Theatre Project; and several short plays for Manhattan Theatre Source and Naked Angels. Her directing credits include The Sublet Experiment, Gallathea at Here; An Archipelago of Clouds at FringeNYC; and Guyler Beguiled at the Maverick Theater. Regionally, she has directed at the Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, New London Barn Playhouse, Women's Theatre Company, and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow.

The Prostitute of Reverie Valley  | Open: 04/24/06 Close: 04/24/06
One Armed Man presents a developmental reading of Adam Klasfeld's The Prostitute of Reverie Valley. An unnamed prostitute decides to leave her life behind, and one of her most faithful johns tries to stop her. But before the night is over, she'll find out shocking secrets about the mysterious town and herself. Who were her parents? How did she get there? Why are certain urges forbidden for her? Why is everybody so secretive? And most importantly, how does she get out?