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Scraps Opens @ The Flea

World Premiere of provocative new play by Geraldine Inoa impressively staged by Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith.

August 30, 2018:  Scraps, a provocative new play by the gifted Geraldine Inoa, kicks off the The Flea’s 2018-2019 “Color Brave” season with an impressive staging by Niegel Smith. The playwright is the inaugural recipient of The Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and her title was inspired by the literal word to describe what was left to feed slaves.

Andrew Baldwin, Michael Oloyede,  Alana Raquel Bowers, Artisitc Director of The Flea Theater Niegel Smith, Playwright Geraldine Inoa, Bryn Carter, TanyaMaria, Roland Lane

World Premiere of provocative new play by Geraldine Inoa impressively staged by Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith.

August 30, 2018:  Scraps, a provocative new play by the gifted Geraldine Inoa, kicks off the The Flea’s 2018-2019 “Color Brave” season with an impressive staging by Niegel Smith. The playwright is the inaugural recipient of The Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and her title was inspired by the literal word to describe what was left to feed slaves.

Scraps, a mashup of poetry, realism, and expressionism, is a voyage into the spontaneous anger and residual grief, inherited from the trauma of four black teenagers, whose friend was shot by a white police officer. Niegel Smith, Artistic director of The Flea, said, “In today’s climate the subject of race and color afflicts and then divides us all.”

Producing Director of the Flea Theater Carol Ostrow, Playwright Geraldine Inoa, Artistic Director The Flea Theater Niegel Smith

The play features The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea, including Kieron J. Anthony, Andrew Baldwin, Alana Raquel Bowers, Bryn Carter, Ure Egbuho, Christopher Garofalo, Roland Lane, Michael Oloyede, Tanyamaria and Camille Upshaw.

The creative team includes Ao Li (Set Designer), Andy Jean (Costume Designer), Kate McGee (Lighting Designer), Megan Deets Culley (Sound Designer), Michael G. Chin (Violence Choreographer), Dina Vovsi (Assistant Director), Danielle Clark (Assistant Costume Designer), Taylor Poer (Stage Manager) and Chloé Hayat (Assistant to the Playwright).

The Flea Theater, under 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.

Scrapes is now playing through September 24, 2018. Performances in The Siggy Theater at The Flea are Thursday–Monday at 7pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets start at $15 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 line. 

Purchase tickets by calling 212-226-0051 or online at www.theflea.org.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Andrew Baldwin, Michael Oloyede,  Alana Raquel Bowers, Bryn Carter, TanyaMaria, Roland Lane

Carol Ostrow, Niegel Smith
Alana Raquel Bowers, TanyaMaria, Bryn Carter
Alana Raquel Bowers
Andrew Baldwin, Michael Oloyede, Roland Lane
Roland Lane
Patrick Christiano, Carol Ostrow