LOCAL PROFILES + CONTEST: Sarah Farrington - The Flea/CEREALS (4.11.18)
The Flea is known for their serialized theater through their nighttime program named after the format, CEREALS. Now, in their new home at 20 Thomas Street, the theater located below Canal Street has expanded by adding programming that welcomes theatergoers of all ages. We caught up with, Sara Farrington, resident playwright of Cosmicomics and one of six plays commissioned for CEREALS, The Flea’s children’s theater program. Cosmicomics follows the journey of a baby Triceratops’ as he travels through time, space and evolution. Interested in checking out a show for free? Check out LBC's Instagram for a chance to win!
Thanks for sitting down with us, Sarah. So tell me, what exactly is CEREALS?
Cereals is an imaginative intro to theater for kids from very young to big, all are whimsical tales literally pulled out of a trunk. It is not a Disney spectacular in the best possible way. The CEREALS team at The Flea is making theater the same way a kid would make it— with fun stuff, classic big stories, humor, wild movement, singing and dancing. Furthermore, each of the stories explores profound themes and questions.
The Flea is known for raising a joyful hell for adults, what does raising a joyful hell look like for a child?
At its core, theater is everything that kids are— compelled by instinct, imaginative, world-creating, silly and asking the hard questions. Establishing a love for the theater early means, I think, that this child will hang onto being a child as they grow up. That’s what happened to me and I am so grateful it did. As they grow, they will speak out, follow their passions, and refuse to be bored and unhappy, refuse to conform.
In other words, raise a joyful hell!
Have you enjoyed your experience working at The Flea?
The Flea has a special place in my heart. I have a particular love for The Flea because it’s where I first met one of my greatest mentors and playwriting heroes, Mac Wellman. Mac set the course for the rest of my writing life. I’m grateful for Mac and The Flea.
Before we go we must know, what’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
I love cereal. My favorite cereal right now is Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter ProteinGranola. It’s dense enough to fill you up and just brutal enough to make you cautious for your teeth while eating. Ha.