|Shaking The Tree Theatre|
One Flea Spare
One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe
February 28th - March 22nd 2014
In plague ravaged 17th century London, a wealthy couple is quarantined in their home with a young girl and a sailor. Confined in such close quarters for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. Tension, mistrust and a clash of cultural, social, and sexual boundaries rise to the surface in this fiercely intense dark comedy from Naomi Wallace.
Photo Credits: Gary Norman, Jingzi Zhao & Jack Wells
Cast, Designers & Crew
Mr. William Snelgrave: David Bodin
Mrs. Darcy Snelgrave: Jacklyn Maddux*
Bunce: Matthew Kerrigan
Morse: Kayla Lian
Kabe: Gary Norman
*Member of Actors Equity Association
Stage Manager: Beatrice Yanazzo
Assistant Stage Manager: Maria Difabbio
Lighting Design: Ted Gold
Costume Design: Jessica Bobillot
Costume Assistant: Alanna Hylton
Set & Sound Design: Samantha Van Der Merwe
Dramaturg: Luan Schooler
Praise from Critics:
"One Flea Spare could hardly be more gorgeous, absorbing, surreal and profound. I was gobsmacked. You'll be floored. Catch it. Please."
-A.L.Adams, Oregon Artswatch
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"There's only one conclusion: This is a show about class, and it's relevant now." - Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury
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"These are uniformly courageous performances, all across the board, every single one! The courage on that stage, the bravery of the actors just elevates the audience." - James Engberg, 5 Useless Degrees and a Bottle of Scotch
"Shaking the Tree is known for its imaginative, immersive stagings, and "One Flea Spare" is no exception." - Jonathan Frochtzwajg, the Oregonian
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Praise from Audience Members:
"Jaw dropping performances by such a talented cast. Do not miss this show!"
"Please go see One Flea Spare at Shaking the Tree. I was lucky enough to catch opening night last night and was absolutely blown away. Every element of the production was distinctly designed and the execution of some of the most raw, edgy material I've encountered was supreme. Do not miss this one (or any other one at this company). It's an absolute breath of fresh air. Congratulations my friends on some intensely beautiful work."
"The acting, the sets, the direction all made for a fascinating, intense experience last night with One Flea Spare. I continue to be impressed with what you bring together each time."
"Holy smokes ... Samantha Van Der Merwe's cast for One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace is ripping it up. What a pleasure to see five extraordinary actors matched with five fascinating characters. Great show."
"Adding my voice to the chorus of praise for Shaking The Tree's One Flea Spare. A disturbing and beautiful production with a stellar cast. I haven't stopped thinking about it. Truly haunting."
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Shaking the Tree is located at 823 SE Grant St, Portland OR 97214
Box Office: 503.235.0635