A short followup to the last post— tickets for Pygmalion are now on sale! From the event description:
Flat Earth Theatre’s reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion sets the classic story in the century-old London Underground. This time-shifted production juxtaposes Edwardian stoicism against the city’s radical, multicultural working people. Highlighting the exploitation of Eliza Doolittle by men claiming to have her best interest at heart, Pygmalion’s themes of social and cultural inequality remain pertinent even a century following its 1914 West End premiere. Rarely has a piece of classic theatre been more relevant to the present day, and rarely has a comedy of manners carried such a sense of deep political urgency.
More connected materials coming soon. I’m not having that much fun teasing.
As some of you following may be aware, my writing has been somewhat on hold for a few months while I direct my first show in many years, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. It’s my directing debut with Flat Earth; it also happens to be a play very near and dear to me. One of those bucket list plays.
We’re doing something rather different with this production— something you aren’t likely to see from anyone else— but for now, I’ll save my explanation and commentary here. I expect some other material that the company will release later should serve for me to link at that time. For now, let me tantalize with our recent cast announcement. Every one of these actors is brilliant, funny, and rapidly becoming dear to me. Give them a look, check out the production’s page on the Flat Earth site, follow #PygmalionUnderground on Twitter, and please start considering a ticket purchase! Again, many more details coming soon.
Today I was upset to learn of the impending closure of the Factory Theatre here in Boston. I have run lights on a couple shows there with my company, Flat Earth Theatre, and while I’m not as familiar with the space as some, I find it very unique— ideal for staging small, intimate productions. Unfortunately, gentrification in this city has been happening at a staggering rate, and it isn’t even as if the Factory exists in a hugely working class neighborhood, so I’m not surprised by the development. But it’s really unfortunate because it’s going to leave half a dozen fringe theatre companies homeless within a grotesquely undersized market for theatrical space. Flat Earth is very lucky to not have booked anything yet at the Factory for this fall or next year, and to have some more immediately available options before us.
The building management plans to turn the space into something like an indoor gym for tenants. You know something, gyms are fine and all, but if they’re going to raise the rent in the process (and why wouldn’t they?), I’d rather pay more rent to have a theatre in the same building as me than a gym. Who else would be so lucky?
In any case, Boston’s small theatre community is coming together to figure out something we can do about this, and I may provide occasional updates. But for now I just want to register my discontent.