Final production in Primetime series, 'One Flea Spare,' comes to Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kevin C.K. Berg, (808) 956-2598
Publicity Director, Theatre + Dance
Posted: Mar 30, 2016

'One Flea Spare' opens March 30 at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre.
'One Flea Spare' opens March 30 at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre.

The UH Mānoa Department of Theatre + Dance is proud to present the final production in its Primetime series, One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace. Directed by UHM Theatre’s newest faculty member, Stacy Ray, performances will take place March 30 and 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and April 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. There is a free post-show rap with cast and crew on April 1.

One Flea Spare is set in plague-ravaged 17th-century London, where the norms of society have been thrown into chaos. The poor die in droves while the wealthy flee to the sanctuary of the countryside. Those unlucky enough to be caught in the city are confined to quarantine. Among the souls that find themselves in this limbo are William Snelgrave (played by Nick Jeffs) and Darcy Snelgrave (Angie Anderson), wealthy aristocrats who had the misfortune of exposure to plague-ridden servants. On the eve of completing their 25th day of quarantine, a sailor named Bunce (Geovante Joseph) and a girl called Morse (Rachel Uyeno) break into what they think is a deserted home. Thus the quarantine clock is started once more and the four must survive in group captivity for 28 days. And their fight for survival takes numerous, dangerous and metamorphic forms.

The cast of One Flea Spare is made up of a mixture of veteran performers and newcomers to the Hawai‘i theater scene. Jeffs, Uyeno and Joseph shared the stage in this season’s first Mainstage show, Sunday in the Park with George. Anderson was last seen at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where she starred in the immersive theater piece, Ghost Light.  Eddie Bond III as Kabe guards the unfortunate souls during their quarantine and was last seen in Late Night Theatre’s recent production, Cinematik.

When asked why she chose a play about the black plague, Ray emphasizes that physical diseases aren’t the only plagues we deal with in this day and age: “Here in Hawai‘i we have the contrast between the rampant homelessness and the billion-dollar luxury condos. It points to the core of Wallace’s work: the Haves, the Have Nots, and the struggle between them in a moment of peak crisis. And that crisis continues today! Not only is the actual black plague still present in the world, but we face new epidemics that seize our attention every year. We have Ebola, bird flu, rabies, TB, malaria, the resurgence of polio and now the Zika virus on a national and worldwide level. Even here in Hawai‘i we’re in a state of emergency because of dengue fever. The problems this play begs us to question are not new, just recycled.”

She leaves with one final thought, “The human issues of 1665 are the same in 2016. When you strip away status, wear down expectations, and material wealth disappears, you still have to answer the question: How do we all get along?”

Tickets to One Flea Spare may be purchased online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697, at official outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office during sale periods only. For more information, visit


                One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace


                UHM Department of Theatre + Dance


                March 30 & 31 and April 1* & 2 at 7:30 p.m.

                April 3 at 2:00 p.m.

                * Free post-show rap


                Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

                1770 East-West Rd.

                Honolulu, HI, 96822


$18 general admission

$16 seniors / military / UH faculty and staff

$13 students/youth

$8 UHM students with validated Spring 2016 UHM photo ID

Ticket prices include all service fees.


Tickets are available online at, by phone at (808) 944-2697, at participating outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre box office; the box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.