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The Flea presents 50th cycle of SERIALS, Feb 28 - March 9
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:32 pm EST 02/01/19

The Flea Theater celebrates
SERIALS CYCLE 50
February 28 – March 9 in The Siggy

The Flea Theater proudly announces the 50th cycle of SERIALS @ The Flea, NYC’s hottest late night play competition. The Flea celebrates with notable Bat alums, raucous new plays and live music. SERIALS runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. February 28 through March 9.

Since its inception in 2011, SERIALS has become a hallmark of The Flea, featuring The Bats and New York’s top emerging playwrights and directors. In SERIALS, five teams of Bats perform original ten-minute episodic plays. The audience votes for its three favorite plays, which return the next week with a new installment. The teams with the two least popular stories must likewise come back the following week, but with entirely different serialized plays. SERIALS is produced by Bat company members Madeline Mahoney and Matt Stango.

The Flea’s Producing Director, Carol Ostrow, says, “SERIALS is the most fun part of The Flea. It represents and engages everyone in our company of artists and is a right of passage for The Bats. Plus it’s one of the most fun things to do at night when you’re downtown.”

Madeline Mahoney is a NYC and Boston-based actor, improviser, screenwriter, as well as a co-producer/host of SERIALS at The Flea Theater. Recent theater: ms. estrada (The Flea, dir. Michelle Tattenbaum), Neighborhood 3 (The Flea, dir. Joel Schumacher), The Merchant of Venice (Punchclub in NYC, and international production in Florence). Film/TV: Misguided (dir. Ben Botwick), Tankhouse Theater (SeriesFest 2018, dir. Noam Tomaschoff), Hostess (Funny or Die, dir. Chelsea Frei). Madeline is a grad of NYU/Tisch, training at Stella Adler and Stonestreet, and continues improv in advanced study at UCB. www.madelinemahoney.com

Matt Stango is a native New Yorker and graduate of LaGuardia high school and SUNY Purchase for acting. Flea credits include HYPE MAN: a break beat play directed by Kristan Seemel and Niegel Smith, but i cd only whisper directed by David Monteagudo, The Mysteries directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, and Agnosiophobia directed by Rachel Karp. MattStango.com.

The SERIALS Writers’ Room is The Flea Theater's newest cohort of Resident Artists, launched in the beginning of 2018 to get the work of emerging playwrights regularly seen. Writers collaborate with SERIALS teams, featuring a director and group of Bats, to create episodic installments for the popular late-night series. The inaugural SERIALS Writers Room playwrights were chosen from over 100 candidates and include Niccolo Aeed, Oscar A. L. Cabrera, Chloé Hayat, Lily Houghton, Brian Kettler, Yilong Liu, Matthew Minnicino, Liz Morgan, Jessica Moss, Madhuri Shekhar and Marina Tempelsman.

The Bats are the resident acting company members of The Flea Theater. Each season, over a thousand actors audition for a place in this unique company. The Bats perform in extended runs of challenging classics, as well world premieres of new plays. They are the lifeblood of The Flea.

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 200 theatrical, musical and dance performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include premieres by Steven Banks, Thomas Bradshaw, Erin Courtney, Bathsheba Doran, Will Eno, Karen Finley, Amy Freed, Sarah Gancher, Sean Graney, A.R. Gurney, Jennifer Haley, Hamish Linklater, Enrique Gutiérrez, Ortiz Monasterio, Itamar Moses, Anne Nelson, NSangou Njikam, Qui Nguyen, Adam Rapp, Jonathan Reynolds, Kate Robbins, Roger Rosenblatt, Todd Solondz, Elizabeth Swados, and Mac Wellman. Successes include Drama Desk nominated She Kills Monsters, New York Times Critics’ Pick Inanimate, Synching Ink, These Seven Sicknesses, Restoration Comedy, The Mysteries and ten World Premiere productions by A.R. Gurney, including the WSJ Best New Play of 2013, Family Furniture.

SERIALS runs Thursday through Saturday at 11 p.m. from February 28 through March 9. Tickets are $15 and include a free beer. 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. Purchase tickets by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.
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