The Bats are unique to Manhattan’s Off-Off Broadway theater scene. An Obie Award-winning non-Equity resident company, they are a thriving theatrical community whose 100+ members perform professionally, generate their own work, and collaborate with the country’s leading artists. Bats have given world premieres to work by A.R. Gurney, Will Eno, Thomas Bradshaw, Adam Rapp, Beau Willimon, Elizabeth Swados, Erin Courtney, and Kim Davies, among others.

The Bats also produce SERIALS, a raucous late-night play competition featuring New York’s hottest actors, writers and directors. The concept is simple: five plays enter, and the audience votes on their three favorites, which then return the next week with a new installation, while the other two teams will return the following week with a brand new play. Each year SERIALS showcases work from our 10 resident SERIALS writers, over 35 directors and 120 actors in 200+ roles. 

The Bats are meant to be a stepping stone for young artists seeking to make a career in the arts. Most stay with the company for two to three years and the relationships they form are for life – many continue to work together after they leave, and many come back to work at The Flea as paid artists. Participants are selected through open call auditions. There is no fee to audition or be part of The Bats.

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