The Flea Theater is debuting both a new show and a new space as it presents Inanimate, written by Nick Robideau and directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich, with previews starting August 21 and opening on August 30.
The show will be the first production in their new performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca that includes three theaters, just blocks below its original home.
This show inaugurates The Siggy, their downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver.
“Our Flea-ple have been very patient amidst the move to 20 Thomas,” the group says on its Facebook page.
Inanimate, according to the theater, tells the story of Erica who is in love with Dee. But if you think Dee is short for a male or female name, that’s not exactly the case here.
“The problem is that her family, her only and equally awkward new friend, and the nosy residents of their small town in Massachusetts don’t understand at all because Dee…well, Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign,” according to the group.
Inanimate features The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea, in a show by Nick Robideau a Brooklyn-based playwright, originally from Massachusetts.
The new Flea’s other two spaces are the Sam, a large black box named for talent agent Sam Cohn and the Pete, an indoor/outdoor performance space named for late playwright A.R. Gurney and the Siggy.
The Flea Theater, under new artistic director Niegel Smith and producing director Carol Ostrow, is an Off-Off-Broadway company.
The group has won several Obie Awards, a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement and an Otto Award for political theater.
It has presented more than 100 theatrical, musical and dance performances over two decades since its inception in 1996.