New Brooklyn Theater to Bring Week-Worth of Shows to Bed-Stuy Alive! Festival, 10/12-17
New Brooklyn Theater is proud to announce a week of shows at Brooklyn's ninth annual Bed-Stuy Alive! festival. These shows will be NBT's formal producing debut and will take place from October 12 to 17, 2013.
New Brooklyn Theater was founded in 2012 for the purpose of establishing a new physical home in Brooklyn for the development of local, homegrown playwrights and theatre education for youth by restoring theatre to 1215 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1215 Fulton is a historic theatre, known from 1910 to 1984 as the Regent Theater and since then as the Slave Theater, but shuttered and abandoned since 1998. NBT's mission is a labor of love to restore theatre to this historic site, once part of the cultural fabric of the borough and now a reminder that Brooklyn's renaissance is still a work in progress.
While planning continues for the future of 1215 Fulton, New Brooklyn Theatre is proud to partner with Bed-Stuy Alive! to present an exciting week of six shows featuring outstanding homegrown Brooklyn artists in theatre, film, and song, three of them co-productions with leading Brooklyn companies.
The week begins on October 12 with The Gift, a new spoken-word performance by Cherrye J. Davis about Bed-Stuy's vibrant street life and long history. The Gift will be part of the Bed-Stuy Alive! Gala Kick-Off Street Festival on Fulton Street between Marcy and Kingston Avenues.
All other shows will take place at the House of Art Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. in Bed-Stuy:
• Barcode, a co-production with Truthworker Theatre Company of a play developed by high school and college-aged youth in Brooklyn about the school-to-prison pipeline, directed by Samara Gaev.
• Dirty Little Black Girls, a play by Patricia Ione Lloyd about four modern-day 'slaves' in Park Slope, directed by Michael Goldfried.
• Homegrown, a program of new short films by Brooklyn filmmakers, including Tehir Jetter, Terence Nance, Kevin Walker, and others (co-produced by Front Stoop Productions).
• A Photograph: Lovers in Motion, a play by legendary playwright and Bed-Stuy native Ntozake Shange, author of For Colored Girls..., directed by Courtney Harge, and co-produced by Colloquy Collective.
• Sound Is Vibration, a play in rhyme by Brian 'Dyalekt' Kushner with music by Jamie Simmonds, developed as part of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group.
Full program details are available at newbrooklyntheater.com.