#serials@TheFlea Week 3 Preview: Dionysian Governors and Unisex Office Bathrooms

03/25/2011 11:29 AM |

Dionysus enjoying his complimentary beer at #serials@TheFlea.

  • Dionysus enjoying his complimentary beer at #serials@TheFlea.

Welcome back to The L‘s exclusive coverage of #serials@TheFlea, ahead of the third and final week of the production’s second cycle. (Details on a third cycle will come soon.) As far as this coverage goes, we’ll be posting our traditional recap after the show then, following that, a piece considering the way the short nature of the episodic plays and production schedule (from script to stage in a week!) impacts the creative process. I did some actual reporting for that one, viewing a Rump of Folly rehearsal the company was kind enough to allow me to attend, so look out for it. Finally, we’ll have an in-depth Q&A with #serials co-producers Stephen Stout and Dominic Spillane that’ll consider the whole evolution of this project from day one. (Though I’m of the personal belief that #serials is a project of intelligent design.)

Here’s what to expect from the final week, show-wise. Returning shows include Restoration comedy homage Rump of Folly, in its second week, the sixth episode of momentum favorite The Connectors and episode four of UnFuck Yourself Rhys Bauer!, who we last left absolutely covered in cocaine like some kind of narcotic funnel cake.

As usual there will be two new shows debuting. These are:

The Loo, by Chad Beckim.
The press material describes this as a “surrealist piece that takes place in an office’s unisex bathroom riffing on corporate culture and business speak.”

Stray thoughts
– Based on that little bit of information, this sounds like a melding of the two shows that got booted off last week, borrowing O’Hare‘s abstract consideration of modern office life and Too Soon‘s musings on corporate identities. Perhaps the two have mutated to become a stronger, more resilient serial piece?

– I’ve never worked in an office with a unisex bathroom, but noting how the lines for women’s rooms are always so much longer than for men’s rooms I once proposed that instead of gender-based lavatories we should have ones divided by facilities, with one room for urinals and the other with stalls. I thought this would alleviate some of the pressure (at this stage, who knows if my puns are intended), but all my female friends were horrified by the idea. “Women do not want to share restrooms with pooping men!” I was told. So maybe not.

Bacchus, by Eric John Meyer.
In a modern retelling of Euripides’ The Bacchae, Dionysus appears in Salt Lake City to bring down the state’s governor (Utah’s chief executive is described in the promotional material as both conservative and right-wing; given the state, this seems triply redundant), who “attacks open sexuality as unwholesome while secretly maintaining a habit of