The Flea Theater in association with Four Arts Media presents AMERICAN SONG, Episode 4, Swing Blue – a comedy set in the 1930s starring David Hyde Pierce – on Monday, December 17 at 7pm. This episode will take place at Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
AMERICAN SONG is a dramatic series of 13 hour-long radio plays created and written by Arthur Yorinks that explores American life decade by decade from the early 20th century to the present. Each episode is inspired by a quintessential American song from the decade in which the play is set. That song is then freshly interpreted and performed as the play begins and ends.
The Flea is presenting each episode of the AMERICAN SONG series as a one night only public performance. The first three episodes were presented at The Flea on October 15, November 5 and November 26. In 2013 Satellite Radio, WGBH and partner Public Radio International will record and broadcast this series nationally to an audience of nearly 75 million.
To accommodate a larger holiday audience, Episode 4 is being staged at The Greene Space (44 Charlton Street). The holiday ticket price is $40. Tickets can be purchased at www.theflea.org.
The upcoming episode, in addition to David Hyde Pierce, includes Reg E Cathey, Linda Powell, Stephen DeRosa and Max Gordon Moore along with others soon to be announced. This production will also feature legendary saxophone player, Lou Marini.
AMERICAN SONG has been created and developed by Mr. Yorinks in association with Bruce Fagin, senior executive producer, and The Flea Theater artistic director, Jim Simpson, who is co-directing the series.
The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented over 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres of Anne Nelson's The Guys, seven plays by A.R. Gurney (O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth, Post Mortem, A Light Lunch, Office Hours and Heresy), Cellophane and Two September by Mac Wellman, Ashley Montana Goes Ashore... and The Oldsmobiles by Roger Rosenblatt; JABU and Kaspar Hauser by Elizabeth Swados; Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman by Karen Finley, Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp, Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations by Will Eno, Dawn and Job by Thomas Bradshaw, Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to it) Itamar Moses, The Great Recession, Girls in Trouble by Jonathan Reynolds, Parents' Evening by Bathsheba Doran, Looking at Christmas by Steven Banks, the Drama Desk nominated She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, the Drama Desk nominated These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney and I Hate Fucking Mexicans by Luis Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio.