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The Mysteries


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NEW YORK TIMES Article

The Flea Theater is proud to announce the World Premiere of THE MYSTERIES – a radical retelling of the Bible. Playwrights commissioned by Jim Simpson and Carol Ostrow including Tony Award and Academy Award winners and nomineesDavid Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Billy Porter, José Rivera and Jeff Whitty; Flea alumni,Mallery Avidon, Trista Baldwin, Erin Courtney, Yussef El Guindi, Amy Freed, Sean Graney, Nick Jones, Qui Nguyen, and Jenny Schwartz; and a host of notable newcomers...join together to tell the entire History of Man’s Salvation in 50 episodes from The Fall of Lucifer through and including Judgment Day.

THE MYSTERIES is conceived and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar whose previous Drama Desk nominated efforts at The Flea were the socially immersive marathons THESE SEVEN SICKNESSESand RESTORATION COMEDY. “I turned to the neglected canon we now know as ‘mystery plays’ – the literary bridge between the Greeks and Shakespeare – which to my knowledge has never been professionally produced in the U.S. It’s an ideal frame to capture the zeitgeist on Faith in contemporary America through stories that depict the passion, pleasure and pain of the entire human condition: the stuff of the greatest drama. And I look forward to creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical event in full celebration of the spirit of festival and community at The Flea, my creative home of the past three years,” says Iskandar.

Additional collaborators include David Dabbon (Music Direction and Original Music), Chase Brock(Choreography), Michael Wieser (Fight Direction), and Amy Jo Jackson (Voice and Speech Direction).

Designers include Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), Seth Reiser (Lighting Design), Loren Shaw(Costume Design), Jeremy S. Bloom (Sound Design), and Renny Cullen (Props Design).

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