2018-01-12 / Community

Mad Horse Theatre Co. to stage ‘One Flea Spare’

Mad Horse Theatre Company ushers in 2018 with the provocative Obie award-winning play Naomi Wallace’s “One Flea Spare.” By turns funny and moving, the play explores wealth, class, fear and survival in 17th century London and seems eerily relevant today.

A wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the plague is each other. Definitions of morality are up for grabs and survival takes many forms in this dark, fiercely intense and humorous play.

The cast includes company members Mark Rubin and Nick Schroeder and guest artists, Gracie Brassard, Deb Paley and Payne Ratner. Brassard is the youngest member of the cast at 11 years old. Working on the play has been exciting for the actors as they create the atmosphere of being confined in a 1665 London house for 28 days. The cast is reading plague diaries and everything they can to understand the politics and social norms of 17th century London but the relevancy to today’s headlines are impossible to ignore.

The artistic team features Meg Anderson as set and props designer, Zoe Levine Sporer as technical director and dramaturg, and Meredythe Dehne Lindsay as stage manager. Company members Christine Louise Marshall (costumes), Jake Cote (sound design) and Corey Anderson (light design) are enjoying the challenge of creating a 17th century world. Allison McCall and Marie Stewart Harmon are production and box office managers respectively.

The show runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 4 at the Mad Horse Theater in the historic Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be an opening night reception immediately following the Friday, Jan. 19, performance.

A Talkback is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28, immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. This is an opportunity to discuss the play with the director and actors.

Purchase tickets online at www.madhorse.com or call 747-4148 for more information.

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