2012 Flea Benefit Reading

Join us Tuesday, April 3 @ 7PM for a reading of Hamish Linklater’s THE VANDAL, starring Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Noah Robbins. The reading will be directed by Flea’s Artistic Director Jim Simpson.

A freezing night in Kingston, New York. A woman meets a boy at a bus stop. A play about how we live and the stories we tell ourselves when we’re haunted by the people we’ve loved and lost.

Presented at The Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, Manhattan, NY 10004

Tickets are $275 and include a light supper with the cast @ 8:30pm. Proceeds to benefit The Flea Theater.

RSVP to Sarah Wansley
212-226-0051 Ext. 102

About the Artists

Hamish Linklater (Playwright) is an accomplished theater actor appearing this season on Broadway in Seminar, directed by Sam Gold. Previous credits include The School for Lies (Obie Award), Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nomination), The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Good Thing (also in L.A.) and as Laertes opposite Liev Schreiber’s Hamlet. He is known to television and film audiences for his five seasons on the hit CBS show The New Adventures of Old Christine, as well as the films Fantastic Four, Groove (official Sundance selection), The Future and the upcoming Lola Versus and Battleship. Hamish also co-wrote and created the ABC pilot Prince of Motor City.

Jim Simpson (Director) is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Flea Theater (2004 Drama Desk cited for Downtown Adventurous Theater). Two-time OBIE-award winner, 2002 National Board of Review Excellence in Filmmaking, and cited for artistic leadership in Downtown New York by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2002.

Jim has directed over 70 works for the theater and has also directed for film and television. Venues include nine seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Alley Theater, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, EST, CSC, MCC, the London International Theater Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Jim was a child actor in his hometown of Honolulu, as a teenager worked with Jerzy Grotowski in Poland, and holds degrees from Boston University School for the Arts, and the Yale Drama School.

Jim directed A. R. Gurney’s Crazy Mary at Playwrights Horizons, Will Eno’s Oh, The Humanity…, the revival of Peter Handke’s Offending The Audience, Addison’s CATO, Thomas Bradshaw’s Dawn, Gurney’s A Light Lunch and Office Hours, Will Eno’s UNUM as part of The Flea’s The Great Recession, Jonathan Reynolds’ Girls in Trouble, Bathsheba Doran’s Parents’ Evening, Steven Banks’ Looking at Christmas, and Anne Nelson’s The Guys.

Sigourney Weaver. BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver has captivated audiences for many years with her dramatic and comic work. Her memorable characters range from the iconic Ripley in the Alien series (Academy Award nomination) to Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (Golden Globe winner and Academy nomination) to Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar. Other films include Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, Mike Nichols’ Working Girl (Academy nomination and Golden Globe winner), Roman Polanski’s Death and The Maiden (Gotham winner), Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (Bafta winner), Copycat, Dave, Galaxy Quest, Snowcake, The TV Set, The Guys, Wall-E, and Prayers for Bobby (Emmy nomination).

Weaver made her first New York stage appearance in an Off-Off Broadway production of Christopher Durang’s The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, followed by an Off-Broadway double-bill of Durang’s Titanic and Das Lusitania Songspiel (Drama Desk nomination for Leading Actress in a musical) which she co-wrote with Durang. She then created roles in the world premieres of Albert Innaurato’s Gemini at Playwrights’ Horizons and John Guare’s Marco Polo Sings a Solo at the Public Theater.

Ms. Weaver received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. In 1996, Weaver returned to Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of Durang’s Sex and Longing. Other stage credits include world premieres of The Guys by Anne Nelson at the Flea Theater, The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute at MCC, Mrs. Farnsworth by A.R. Gurney at the Flea, and Crazy Mary also by Gurney at Playwrights Horizons.

Ms. Weaver with her husband, director Jim Simpson, and other cohorts, founded The Flea Theater in 1996 as a state-of –the art Off-Off Broadway theater to celebrate new and relevant work.

Alan Rickman. An internationally-renowned actor of stage, screen and television, Alan Rickman, currently in Seminar is back on the Broadway stage for the first time since being nominated for a Tony Award for his acclaimed starring performance as Elyot in the 2002 production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. He previously made his Broadway debut and earned his first Tony Award nomination as Valmont in the 1987 U.S. premiere production of Les Liasions Dangereuses. On film, he is perhaps best known for his iconic performances as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise and Hans Gruber in the 1988 hit Die Hard, as well as award-winning roles in such films as Sense and Sensibility and, more recently, Sweeney Todd and Bottle Shock.

Noah Robbins most recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. He made his Broadway debut as Eugene Morris Jerome in the short-lived (but memorable!) 2009 revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs (Outer Critics Circle nomination). His off-Broadway debut was as Andy Lipman in Primary Stages’ Secrets of the Trade (Clive Barnes nomination). He won the Best Actor award at the L.A. Comedy Festival for Newsworthy, a short film directed by his brother Jeremy. Starting at the age of 11, he performed in several shows at the Kennedy Center with director/choreographer Debbie Allen. His big break, however, was playing Max Bialystock in an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway production of The Producers at his high school. He is currently majoring in philosophy at Columbia University.