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“Inanimate” Opens at The Flea

First full production at new performing arts complex looks at love for inanimate objects.

August 30, 2017: The Flea Theater is presenting the world premiere of Inanimate by Nick Robideau, a tale about a woman who falls in love with a Dairy Queen sign. The play directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich is the first production in The Flea’s new three theater performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca, just four blocks below their original home. The evening inaugurates The Siggy, the downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver.

Artistic Director The Flea Theater Niegel Smith, Producing Director The Flea Theater Carol Ostrow

First full production at new performing arts complex looks at love for inanimate objects.

August 30, 2017: The Flea Theater is presenting the world premiere of Inanimate by Nick Robideau, a tale about a woman who falls in love with a Dairy Queen sign. The play directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich is the first production in The Flea’s new three theater performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca, just four blocks below their original home. The evening inaugurates The Siggy, the downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver.

Erica, a shy and socially awkward young woman played by Lacy Allen, is in love with Dee. However, no one in her small Massachusetts town understands, because Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. Inanimate is the first play of its kind to explore objectum sexuality, a love for inanimate objects. With quirky passion and wit, the story grapples with feeling like an outsider while listening to your heart and finally finding your tribe.

INANIMATE features The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea, including Lacy Allen, Maki Borden, Philip Feldman, Artem Kreimer, Tressa Preston, Michael Oloyede, Nancy Tatiana Quintana, with understudies Marcus Antonio Jones and Alexandra Slater. The creative team includes Yu-Hsuan Chen (Scenic Design), Sarah Lawrence (Costume Design), Becky Heisler (Lighting Design), Megan Culley (Sound Design) and Claire Edmonds (Assistant Director).

The Flea Theater, under new Artistic Director Niegel Smith and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York’s leading Off-Off-Broadway companies. Winner of several Obie Awards, a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement and an Otto Award for political theater, The Flea has presented over 100 theatrical, musical and dance performances since its inception in 1996.

INANIMATE runs through October 16, 2017, Thursday–Monday at 7pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm.  

The Flea Theater is located at 20 Thomas Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks north of Chambers, close to the A/C/E, N/Q/R/W, 4/5/6, J/M/Z and 1/2/3 subway lines. For tickets call 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

Opening Night Photography: Barry Gordin

Director Courtney Ulrich, Maki Borden, Lacy Allen, Marcus Antonio Jones, Nancy Tatiano Quintana, Artem Kreimer, Philip Feldman, Tressa Preston, Playwright Nick Robideau
Director Courtney Ulrich, Playwright Nick Robideau
Lacy Allen, Maki Borden

Niegel Smith, Carol Ostrow

Maki Borden, Lacy Allen, Marcus Antonio Jones, Nancy Tatiano Quintana, Artem Kreimer, Philip Feldman, Tressa Preston