The Flea Theater



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The Flea Theater, was founded in 1996, is a theatre in the TriBeCa section of New York City. It presents primarily new American theatre, and provides a venue for film stars to act on a very small (74-seat) stage. It is the home of "The Bat Theater Company", an Obie Award winning resident acting troupe of primarily young actors that presents new and classical works. The Flea Theater was founded by distinguished downtown theater artists: director Jim Simpson, playwright Mac Wellman, and designer Kyle Chepulis. Known primarily for original productions of post-9-11 play "The Guys" and political works by A. R. Gurney.
The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York’s leading off-off-Broadway companies. Founded in 1996 , the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create “a joyful hell in a small space”. Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work.
Since its inception in 1996, The Flea has presented over 90 plays and numerous dance and live music performances. Highlights include Anne Nelson’s The Guys, A.R. Gurney’s Mrs. Farnsworth (New York Times Best Play List 2004), Will Eno’s Oh, The Humanity..., Elizabeth Swados’ JABU and Kaspar Hauser, the Obie award winning Benten Kozo, as well as premieres of ground breaking playwrights Mac Wellman, Adam Rapp, Thomas Bradshaw, Itamar Moses, and risk-taking performance artists Mabou Mines, Karen Finley and LAVA, among many others. As a testament to The Flea Theater (our) success, we have been honored with two OBIE Awards, an Otto Award and, in May 2004, a Drama Desk Award for Distinguished Achievement commending our dedication to adventurous theater. With the continued participation of our founders and an ever-growing community of diverse and creative talents, The Flea strives to represent the wide range of what is possible Off-Off-Broadway.