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Flea Theater Announces Inaugural Season in New Home

The season will include a new world premiere play by Nick Robideau and a New York premiere by NSangou Njikam.

The Flea Theater's artistic director Niegel Smith will direct the New York premiere of NSangou Njikam's Syncing Ink, part of the company's fall 2017 season.
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The Flea Theater has announced that its fall 2017 season will be the company's first in its new home at 20 Thomas St.

The new Flea will feature three theaters: the Sam, a large black box named for talent agent Sam Cohn; the Pete, an indoor/outdoor performance space named for late playwright A.R. Gurney; and the Siggy, a below-ground theater named for Flea founder Sigourney Weaver.

Performances of its first production will begin on August 21, with the full complex scheduled to officially open on October 28.

The Flea's fall season will kick off with the world premiere of Nick Robideau's new play, Inanimate, from August 21-September 24. It is described as follows: "Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. 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. Inanimate is a play that explores objectum sexuality, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart, and finally, finding your tribe." Directed by Flea associate artist Courtney Ulrich, the production will feature the Bats, the Flea's resident acting company.

From September 25-October 29, NSangou Njikam's Syncing Ink will receive its New York premiere in a production directed by Flea artistic director Niegel Smith and featuring Njikam in the lead role. The play is described as follows: ''High school student Gordon pursues freestyle rap as a way to garner clout but soon discovers a deeper artistic passion. Through honing his craft, Gordon finds his voice as well as a community rich with history. The play is told largely in freestyle, working off of prompts rather than scripted text, which means that each evening will be slightly different, based on the audience's suggestions and interactions."

In addition, the Flea will revive its late-night Serials play competition featuring the Bats and some of New York City's young playwrights. It will also introduce two new programs: Cereals, an equivalent of Serials for younger audiences; and Flea Fridays, an alternative community-based happy hour.

For tickets to Inanimate, click here.

For tickets to Syncing Ink, click here.