After a sold out run and extension, The Flea Theater announces yet another extension of the New York premiere production of JOB, written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Flea Resident Director Benjamin Kamine. A popular and critical success, JOB now will return and play January 4 through 28.
In JOB, the “downtown provocateur” Bradshaw takes on the sacred biblical text to explore issues of faith. How low will God go? Bradshaw says his play is an honest, un-cynical adaptation of the book of Job.
It was recently announced that Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films has teamed up with Bradshaw to develop an hour long HBO drama series about the first black president of a prestigious liberal arts college.
Thomas Bradshaw‘s plays have been produced at regional theaters, in NYC as well as in Europe. Most recently, his play Burning ran successfully at The New Group in New York City. In 2011, the Goodman Theater produced his play Mary, which they had previously commissioned. The Bereaved, produced by Partial Comfort, was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out New York. In 2008, two of his plays premiered in NYC: Southern Promises, at Performance Space 122 in September, and Dawn, at The Flea Theater in November, and both were listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His plays Purity, Prophet, and Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed were produced in NYC and LA. A German translation of Dawn was presented at Theater Bielefeld in Germany in October 2008 and published by Theater Der Zeit in that same month. Mr. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch, one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. He has received Fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep. (Streslin Fellow), and New York Theater Workshop. He was the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009, where he wrote The Ashes. Thomas Bradshaw has received commissions from Soho Theatre (London), The Goodman Theater, Soho Repertory Theater (New York), The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), and Partial Comfort Productions. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2012 Award from the Foundation of Contemporary Art.
Benjamin Kamine is a stage director from Los Angeles. He has a passion for new work, and his recent directing credits include the world premieres of Wars and Whores by Jeffrey Barg and Sarah Ollove, Gutter Space by Keith Boynton, Medea’s Got Some Issues by Emilio Williams, and Cheesesteak Latkes by Matt Ocks. He also directed the west coast premiere of The Gift Horse by Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly). He loves ancient cultures, with particular enthusiasm for work that explores his own (Judaism), and he cannot wait to get back to India, where he directed a cross-cultural production of Sophocles’ Philoctetes in 2008. He is the Resident Director at the Jewish Plays Project and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He also works throughout New York as a sound, lighting, and projection designer, and is a Guest Artist at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies. Previous directing credits for The Flea: The Flying Latke by Arthur Yorinks; Kathleen Supove and the Electric Sheep.
The Bats are the resident Acting Company members of The Flea Theater. Each year over a thousand actors audition for a place in this unique company. The Bats perform in extended runs of challenging classic and new plays. The Bats have recently appeared in World Premieres by A.R. Gurney, Will Eno, Adam Rapp, Beau Willimon, Mac Wellman, Elizabeth Swados, Thomas Bradshaw, Itamar Moses, Sheila Callaghan, Julian Sheppard, Ken Urban, Tommy Smith, Jonathan Reynolds, Trista Baldwin, Laurel Haines, Qui Nguyen and Sean Graney.