The Mysteries / The Flea

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Workshop Production: The Mysteries
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
plays by Amy Freed, Lloyd Suh, Bess Wohl, José Rivera, Mallery Avidon, Craig Lucas, Gabriel Jason Dean, Dael Oralndersmith, & more
dramaturgy by Jill Rafson
The Flea Theater x EPBB, Fall 2013

Raising a Joyful Hell Benefit for The Flea Theater
The Last Supper by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ed Sylvanus Isakandar
Benefit features Lewis Black, Tina Benko, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jay O. Sanders, James Waterston, Anthony De Mare, LAVA, The Lobbyists, The Last Supper from The Mysteries
MoMA, January 15, 2014

World Premiere Production: The Mysteries
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
plays by Amy Freed, Sean Graney, Kirsten Greenidge, David Henry Hwang, Nick Jones, Craig Lucas, Billy Porter, José Rivera, Lloyd Suh, Jeff Whitty, Bess Wohl, & more
dramaturgy by Jill Rafson
associate directed by Danya Taymor, Courtney Ulrich, Tom Costello, Kristan Seemel, Brandon Stock, & more
music direction/arrangements/original music by David Dabbon
choreography by Chase Brock
The Flea Theater, April-June, 2014

PRESS

The New York Times (Critic's Pick)"...there's much to enjoy in between, like Bess Wohl's 'The Denial of Peter,' which narrates the tale from the perspective of the women [Eleanor Philips, Eliza Simpson, and Janice Amaya]..."

Vanity Fair: "The Mysteries might be the most interesting thing to come out of the Bible in centuries."

Stage Buddy: "At its strongest, the production grants the Bible a brutal contemporaneity: such is the case with...Lloyd Suh's 'The Next Supper'...There is also a constant thread of humor which serves to lift the production: Nick Jones' 'Fruitful and Begettin'...had the audience in stitches."

"Yet the true stars of this heavenly space are the Bats, who undoubtedly flew more like angels than creatures of the night. Their exuberance and constant, indefatigable energy is what truly kept this production thrillingly afloat."

Theater is Easy: "There is an amazing scene in the third part when two Brooklyn girls [Kate Thulin and Eleanor Philips] meet and clothe Jesus; it is the most moving and poignant five minutes in the entire six hours - plus it's funny - and I appreciated the sentiment"

CurtainUp: "Part Biblical history lesson, part Sunday School catechism, and altogether transfixing (and ultimately transcendent)The Mysteries is a theatrical journey that begins in wonder and ends in wisdom. The acting by the young Bats is uniformly solid, a true ensemble effort."

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I am floored by the reception we've been getting. What a thrilling feeling to have a project we've all poured our hearts and souls into recognized in such an amazing way.

Not only are the reviews excellent, but our audiences give us such a warm, loving reception each night - it reminds me why I love creating live theater. Many of the reviews highlight The Next Supper by Lloyd Suh, which I still feel honored to perform with Kate Thulin and Colin Waitt.

The good news keeps coming with the announcement of the 2014 Drama Desk Award Nominations. Our genius costume designer Loren Shaw was nominated for her 350+ distinct looks in The Mysteries, and our fearless leader Ed Sylvanus Iskandar was awarded the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award for his work on The Mysteries and The Golden Dragon!  We're all so proud!

05.26.14: Yesterday the original cast of The Mysteries had our final show. I honestly can't think of a show I've done that has meant more to me than The Mysteries. It has been a true honor and a privilege to work with such an amazing company and such amazing writers, designers, and collaborators.

My sadness at ending my time with The Mysteries is tempered by the fact that I head to Oberlin tomorrow! I'm about to start rehearsal for the 2014 Season of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, where I will be appearing as Rosalind in As You Like It and Martha in The Secret Garden

04.21.14: Tonight is our third and final opening night! Reviews have started coming in and I continue to be in awe of the response we've been getting. What a truly spectacular production.

04.03.14: The Mysteries starts previews today! So proud to be sharing this amazing show with an audience!

01.15.14: I'm incredibly honored, excited, and nervous to be performing one of the plays fromThe Mysteries at The Flea's Benefit at MoMA tonight! Kate Thulin, Colin Waitt, and I will be performing The Next Supper by Lloyd Suh, sharing the stage with fellow BATS, Lewis Black, LAVA, James Waterston, and Sarah Jessica Parker!

12.28.13: I've just been cast in the final production of The Mysteries at The Flea and am now officially a BAT! Learn more about this incredible project! So excited and proud to be working with this incredible group of people on such inspired text.

11.27.13: Thrilled to announce that I've been offered a spot in the workshop of The Mysteries, a new show being created at The Flea under the direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar! I'll be able to work with 50 playwrights on this incredible new piece.