Category Archives: OpenForum

(Re)Action to FLEA: “Contagion and Quarantine”

As part of our Naomi Wallace (Re)Acts event on February 28, Company Member Jesse Terrill composed this piece, as a reaction to One Flea Spare. For the performance, we asked writers and composers to create work that was in reaction to Wallace’s poetry and theatre.

Jesse described the composition as “a piece influenced by One Flea Spare, musicalizing a shift from one’s once vibrant, cultivated lifestyle in mid-17th Century London to a lonely, uncertain quarantine from the Bubonic Plague.”

Check out what Jesse composed, plus images from the production, all by Melissa Blackall:


Open Thread: your responses to ONE FLEA SPARE

As we move into our final three (wow, already???) performances of One Flea Spare, we wanted to share some of the responses we’ve received about the story.

Gathered from twitter (some sent from our lobby twitter-box!) and facebook, we’ve been asking what moments, images, and words have stood out and stuck with you all, after seeing the show. If you’ve been able to catch a performance, let us know what things you are left with and what questions have been turning over in your brain since leaving the theatre! Leave your comments in this post or post them via twitter and include @forumtheatre or #OneFleaSpare.

@estone22 Mrs. Snelgrave’s hand, Morse cooly sitcking her leg out for Kabe… Have to see this again to answer all my questions!
@nevieb definitely morse checking with her hand for her “leaks” – didn’t even need to see the leak to experience her mortification
“and then he vomited up his stomach” is SOME kind of pillow talk
@sadcypress A bathroom break during the interval at One Flea Spare is a lot more self-conscious an act than anticipated. Just sayin. @forumtheatre
@futureworld84 I feel awkward and dirty. #onefleaspare
thegrimripa One Flea Spare is a wonderful show. Act one done so far and I am excited for act two. Great concept and sensual experience!

Flea OpenForum: Podcast Trading

We at Forum are BIG podcast listeners and were starting to find that we’d often reference a podcast we’d heard in rehearsal or when talking about a show. So, we decided that this can be a natural extension of OpenForum as we want to share our findings with you and hopefully get some suggestions for continued listening FROM you.

So, with One Flea Spare in our minds, we’ll kick things off with some lovely Plague-casting. In this podcast from The English Programme, Daniel Defoe discusses The Great Plague and its effects on 1665 London, where Flea takes place.

(Perfect for being cooped up at home with this snow storm)

OpenThread: Inequality

As we lead up to One Flea Spare, we want to continue our season-long discussions on the topic of “Home & Origins.”

This week’s question is:

What are the glaring reasons for social inequality, today?


Share your responses below or in our Twitter feed.


“U Want Me 2 Kill Him?” : inspiration for DARK PLAY

Thanks to everyone who came out for our final performances of dark play or stories for boys.  It was a great weekend of full houses and a wonderful way to see off this show that meant a lot to all involved.  We are really sorry to see it close.


For everyone who asked after the show, here is the 2005 Vanity Fair article that inspired the play.  It’s a enthralling read and gives us a nice conversation piece to continue talking about this story.

Give us your thoughts:  After reading this article, does it change the way you think of the play?

Open Thread: What will theatre look like in 25 years?

American Theatre, celebrating their 25th anniversary, asked several theatre artists  about their thoughts on what the theatre of 25 years from now might be like.  My particular favorite (for humor value) is David Cromer’s.

The Guardian also posted an entry on the subject and featured a few theatre bloggers’ ideas.

What are your thoughts?   How will things change?  Improve?  Deteriorate?  Jet packs?

MARISOL Open Thread

As we do with every show, we’re starting the online part of our OpenForum discussions about the plays.  As we close this production of MARISOL, we want to know what you think:  what images were you left with?  What did you talk about on the car ride home?  What relevance does this story have today?

….or, anything else you want to talk about.

Veronica Del Cerro in MARISOL

Veronica Del Cerro in MARISOL

Veronica del Cerro and Patrick Bussink

Veronica del Cerro and Patrick Bussink