Spotlight On: Flux Theatre Ensemble 

Christopher Borg 

There is no better way to kick off 2012 than by spotlighting the 2011 Caffe Cino Award recipient company Flux Theatre Ensemble, who is presenting the world premier of Menders, which opened on January 19th, directed by Heather Cohn (who was nominated in 2010 for her direction of Flux's The Lesser Seductions of History).

Flux is an ensemble-driven company whose mission is to produce "transformative theatre that explores and awakens the capacity for change" and advocates for long-term collaboration and development."  Since 2006 they have produced over 13 productions and have received numerous accolades for their performances in New York (many of them from their work in the International Fringe Festival). Over the past three years, they have been nominated for 10 IT Awards for their productions of The Angel Eaters Trilogy, The Lesser Seductions of History and Dog Act and received the award for Outstanding Sound Design.

They are starting the year off with Erin Browne's Menders, which will run through February 11th at The Gym at Judson. Inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall", the play tells the story of Corey and Aimes, new recruits to mending a wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat. But as they are warned of the subversive world they are supposedly defending themselves from, cracks form in their protectionist philosophy and among themselves as a group.

The Playwright, Erin Browne (a Brooklynite who works in TV documentaries) has written several full-length plays including A Meth Play, Coffee/Lovelorn, Devil to Pay, Hence, Menders, Narrator 1, Not As of Yet, Projects, Return, and Trying. Return was a winner of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center Contest and has been produced on Theater Row, the Bushwick Starr and a radio play version of Trying was broadcast on BBC World Service.

It also should be noted that the Judson Memorial Church is one of the original pioneers of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement, along with the famed Caffé Cino and "The Gym" in which they are performing is actually a new theatre space dedicated to rekindling Judson's role as a home for the Off-Off-Broadway community. Fitting for the recipients of the 2011 Caffé Cino Fellowship Award to christen the space as a new home for indie and Off-Off-Broadway theatre!

Congratulations to Flux and a happy new year to them and to all the hard-working artists making new and innovative theatre Off-Off-Broadway, let's keep it going!

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