Bamboo in Bushwick

by

Ed Cardona, Jr.

 

directed by

Ana Margineanu

 

Commissioned by Working Theater as part of the FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY Initiative.

2017 Off-Broadway Premiere & Borough Tour:
April 13-14: Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center, Brooklyn
April 18-May 3: Urban Stages, Manhattan
May 5-6: Local Union No. 3 IBEW, Queens
May 9-10: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island
May 13: New Settlement Community Center, Bronx

 

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Bamboo In Bushwick

Bushwick was called home by locals long before any magazine called it hip. Bamboo in Bushwick explores gentrification in this suddenly trendy neighborhood from divergent angles.

 

As a group of old friends gather for a round of dominoes, outside forces converge on their street corner. In an alternate reality, inspired by the psychedelic murals that have taken over many walls in the neighborhood, a turf war breaks out on the icy tundra. Is there room in Brooklyn for both penguins and polar bears?

 

When your community is threatened, every block is worth fighting for.

 

Bamboo in Bushwick is part of Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative. The play was developed in partnership with Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC), and through conversations with their members and members of Bushwick Salvation Army Community Center, El Puente Bushwick, Make the Road New York and the general Bushwick community.

Bushwick Community Engagement

BUSHWICK COMMUNITY SHINE EVENT

March 2017 at RBSCC’s 10 Forrest Community Room, Bushwick, Brooklyn

 

Bushwick community members and experienced artists alike showcased their skills at this inclusive and exploratory evening of creative solidarity and artistic upliftment! Featuring art and performance by Taína Delamar, Anthonywash Rosado, Adi Pimentel and Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification

 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS:


“Artistic Responses to Gentrification”
Community Workshop, February 2016
with the Youth Power Project at Make the Road NY
Bushwick, Brooklyn

 

The Art of Solidarity/ El Arte de la Solidaridad
November 2016 at MayDay’s Community Space in Bushwick

 

Stay tuned for more community engagement events in Bushwick and across the five boroughs.

Photo: Bushwick Community Shine Event at RBSCC

Photo: Bushwick Community Engagement Workshop with Youth Power Project at Make the Road NY

Working Theater has been collaborating with the Bushwick community and members of RBSCC to engage with us in workshops, story circles, readings, and full productions. These events take place in community centers, arts spaces and facilities throughout Bushwick.

 

PRIOR BUSHWICK EVENTS

BAMBOO IN BUSHWICK

Developmental Readings

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:30pm
at Mayday Space

176 St. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Free and Open to all
The last developmental reading of Bamboo in Bushwick, a sneak peek of our 2017 mainstage production before it premieres off-Broadway and tours the five boroughs in April/May!

In February 2016 we presented a reading of Bamboo in Bushwick with a developmental roundtable with the artists and members of the Bushwick Community.

Inter-generational Theater Workshop

 

In March 2016, we hosted an Inter-Generational Theater Workshop at RBSCC, facilitated by Tamilla Woodard.

 

Young adults between the ages of 13 – 19 and seniors 65 or better were invited to a workshop where participants wrote, interviewed and dialogued to create a collaborative original play.

Story Circles

 

In November – December 2015  we hosted 3 sessions of story circles within the community centers of the RBSCC, moderated by Reza Salazar and Yadira de la Riva. Residents came together to share stories, hopes and dreams,  and to reflect on the meaning of community.

Bamboo in Bushwick Developmental Reading at RBSCC,
photo by Tuda Sarian.

Inter-generational Theater Workshop at RBSCC,
photo by David Crespo.

 

Special thanks to Supporters and Friends of Bamboo in Bushwick who contributed their time and stories:

Richard Rathbun ∙ Claudio Aukaman ∙ Dennis Flores Furee ∙ Maya Meissner ∙ Jonathan Auch Kweighbaye ∙ Sergeant Kevin Bryan ∙ Brigette Blood ∙ Sonia Rivera ∙ Alexander Morales∙ Kenneth Kern ∙ Jeanette Wright ∙ Ingrid Sylvester ∙ Vijai Bissesar ∙ Ana Nogueira ∙ Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay ∙ Dasic Fernandez ∙ Narcissa Ruiz ∙ Father Kelly ∙ Salvation Army Community Center ∙ Angela Battaglia ∙ Liz Aponte ∙ Charlie Maldonado ∙ Francis Blacklock

and to Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and the staff and crew at 10 Forrest.

Working Theater is extremely appreciative of our

32nd SEASON SPONSORS:

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR

MagnaCare

 

GOLD SPONSOR

EmblemHealth

 

SILVER SPONSORS

Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
Cigna
CWA Local 1180
NYC Central Labor Council
NY State AFL-CIO
OPEIU Local 153
Segal Company

 

Working Theater’s 32nd Season is made possible in part by:

 

an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature,
public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to Queens Council Member Rory Lancman

 

and grants from:
the Howard Gilman Foundation
the Shubert Foundation

The Five Boroughs/One City Initiative has been supported in part by grants from:

the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund
the One World Fund
the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation