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Clifford Odets Commission Play Receives NYC Production

Photos by Hunter Canning.

From Broadway World
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“STUDENT BODY was originally commissioned, developed and performed at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City as part of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission in December 2014.”

Niegel Smith, the new Artistic Director and Carol Ostrow, Producing Director of The Flea Theater announced today the slate for the fall season, which will include three World Premieres and one New York premiere.

Says Smith, “I am delighted to be starting my time here with a season that boldly explores the American experience from so many different points of view. From comic to dramatic, reflective to participatory, our audiences will get the full range of theatrical experiences. I am proud to be continuing our commitment to producing new work, with both veteran Flea artists, and writers making their Flea debut.”

October 1 – November 8
STUDENT BODY by Frank Winters, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum

Ten students meet as a winter storm approaches. One of them knows what happened, and no one’s leaving until they all figure out what to do about it. By the end of the night, friendships are tested, allegiances change, and choices are made. The right thing to do is hard to figure out.

STUDENT BODY was originally commissioned, developed and performed at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City as part of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission in December 2014 under the title THE SCHOOL PLAY.

This world premiere production will be directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and will feature The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea.

Performances are Thursday-Sunday at 9PM. Tickets are $15 – $35 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. The production includes graphic discussion of sexual violence. Tickets on sale to Flea Members on July 23 and to the General Public August 6. Opening night is October 11.

The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission and Directing Fellowship is an annual program that supports emerging playwrights to develop a new play for a pre-selected ensemble of LSTFI students and partners them with emerging directors. Learn more about the Commission here.