Bamboo in Bushwick

 – a new play about gentrification in Bushwick, Brooklyn


written by

Ed Cardona, Jr.

directed by

Ana Margineanu


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


off-Broadway Premiere and Borough Tour

Spring 2017


Tickets on sale soon


Bamboo in Bushwick Reading
Bushwick Salvation Army Reading

Join us in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, recently mentioned in Vogue magazine as one of the 15 hippest neighborhoods in the world. Long-term residents called it home long before any magazine called it hip. Developed through conversations with residents of Bushwick, including members of Working Theater venue partner Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC) and the Salvation Army Community Center, Cardona’s play weaves a traditional and very funny narrative about a loosely knit circle of friends who gather for a weekly dominoes game. Three of these friends are long-term residents of Bushwick and one is relatively new, but they are all experiencing the changes in the neighborhood with varying and complex reactions. This narrative is juxtaposed with a surreal exploration of gentrification inspired by the psychedelic murals that cover many walls of this suddenly trendy neighborhood.

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by Ed Cardona, Jr., directed by Ana Margineanu
Staged Reading
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bushwick, Brooklyn, exact location & time TBA

Join us for the last developmental reading of Bamboo in Bushwick and get a sneak peek of our 2017 mainstage production before it premieres off-Broadway and tours the five boroughs in April/May!




Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
at RBSCC’s 10 Forrest Community Room, Bushwick, Brooklyn 

Free and open to all

Inviting the Bushwick community to showcase their skills. Featuring community members and experienced artists alike, all are welcome at this inclusive and exploratory event. 
Interested in performing? email
To RSVP as an audience member email

Bushwick Community Engagement


“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 Engagement Workshop with Youth Power Project at Make the Road NY

For the past 2 years we have been working with the Bushwick community and members of RBSCC to engage with us in workshops, story circles, readings, and full productions. These events will take place in community centers and facilities.



Developmental Readings


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










Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
CWA Local 1180
NYC Central Labor Council
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