One Flea Spare, Naomi Wallace's Award-Winning Dark Comedy
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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Featured review from bsaintclaire
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I must disagree with the preceding review. Frankly, I kind of laughed at the "vulgar" assessment! While not perfect, I felt the cast had a good handle on the beautiful script, and that the young actress was particularly great. The blocking did not bother me in the least- and I was also sitting in the second row. The space is small enough to create the kind of intimacy this particular piece demands. The only complaint I had was that the sailor's accent was a bit inconsistent. Other than that, my date and I really enjoyed! If you enjoy dark comedy, you will get a kick out of it.
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“Naomi Wallace commits the unpardonable sin of being partisan, and, the darkness and harshness of her work notwithstanding, outrageously optimistic. She seems to believe that the world can change. She certainly writes as if she intends to set it on fire.” —_The Guardian _
Written by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Ensemble Member Anish Jethmalani
In plague-ravaged 17th century London, a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl sneak into their boarded-up house. Now, quarantined together for 30 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. The definition of morality is up for grabs and survival may take many forms in this fiercely intense and humorous play from Naomi Wallace.
Ensemble member and former artistic director Anish Jethmalani returns to direct this winner of the 1997 Obie Award for Best Play. Jethmalani previously directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning productions of Rebecca Gilman’s Spinning into Butter in 2006 and Blue Surge in 2009 for Eclipse in addition to the 2005 Jeff Award-winning production of The Masrayana for Rasaka Theatre Company.
About the Ticket Supplier: Eclipse Theatre CompanyEclipse Theatre Company chooses one playwright per season and focuses on the works of that playwright only. Through this total immersion in a specific playwright's world, the ensemble gains a thorough understanding of that playwright and the circumstances of his/her writing in order to bring a more concentrated and literate representation of that playwright to the audience.
Playwrights who have written more than three plays are eligible for consideration, as well as playwrights who have shown a definite range of growth throughout their careers. On deciding which plays to perform, a great factor is the challenge that the piece presents to the ensemble and its audience.
Since the inception of the one playwright-one season mission in 1997, playwrights that have been featured with Eclipse include French Playwright Jean Cocteau; Legendary American Playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Neil Simon, New York Playwrights Romulus Linney and John Guare, and Chicago native Keith Reddin.