FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY

commissioned by Producing Artistic Director, Mark Plesent
Artistic Director: Tamilla Woodard

 

Supported by 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund and One World Fund

The Five Boroughs/One City Project launched in the fall of 2014 with commissions of five teams of writers, directors, and installation artists, supported by designers, dramaturgs, and community liasons. Each team’s goal was to create a piece of theater rooted in a neighborhood in each of the five boroughs of New York City by engaging a specific community as both source and resource in the creative process. The work being created is for, inspired by, and in response to each community.

 

During our 2014-2015 30th Anniversary Season, we presented works-in-progress showings of each piece in the originating borough and then again at an off-Broadway venue for a week long festival of new works.

Over the next three seasons, Working Theater, in partnership with a community venue in each borough, will develop and present all five projects in rolling premieres within the community of their origin and then in a tour to each partner venue in each borough.

Project Descriptions

Staten Island Project

Breaking Bread

Written by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Kristin Horton

 

You are invited to the Gibilisco Family Reunion dinner! Join us for this immersive event which explores community, family ties and racial tension. Come hungry – baked ziti is on the menu!
Created with dramaturgical support from
Theresa M. Davis.

 

Staten Island work-in-progress showings:
Friday, March 27th, 2015 @ 7pm
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 @ 2pm
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Building G, Room 201

 

Off-Broadway work-in-progress showings:
Friday May 8th, 2015 at 8:30PM
Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 2:00PM
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Complex
312 West 36th St, btwn 8th & 9th Ave

Brooklyn Project

Bamboo in Brooklyn

Written by Ed Cardona, Jr.
Directed by Ana Margineanu

 

Join us as we explore Bushwick, recently mentioned in Vogue magazine as one of the 15 hippest neighborhoods in the world. While for the long-term residents it has never been hip, it has definitely always been home. Cardona’s play weaves a traditional narrative with a surreal exploration of gentrification inspired by the psychedelic murals that cover the walls of this suddenly trendy neighborhood.

 

Brooklyn work-in-progress showings:
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
The Salvation Army
1151 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Friday, April 10th, 2015 @ 7pm
La Luz
135 Thames St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

 

Off-Broadway work-in-progress showings:
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 8:30PM
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 7:30PM
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Complex
312 West 36th St, btwn 8th & 9th Ave

Queens Project

Alternating Currents

Written by Adam Kraar
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

 

When two newly married electricians, Luke and Elena, move to Electchester everything seems perfect: spacious apartment, low rent, friendly neighbors and an incredibly close-knit community. But as they settle in, they discover how much they may need to give up in order to really belong.

 

Queens work-in-progress showings:
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 @ 7pm
Friday, April 17th, 2015 @ 2pm
Local Union No. 3 IBEW Headquarters
The Electrical Industry Center Auditorium
158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue (at Parsons)
Flushing, NY 11365

 

Off-Broadway work-in-progress showings:
Friday May 8th, 2015 at 6:30PM
Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 4:00PM
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Complex
312 West 36th St, btwn 8th & 9th Ave

Bronx Project

The Block

Written by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Maureen Towey

 

Experience a day in the life of the South Bronx, where Rick the executive driver is buggin out ’cause his clients make out in the back seat for longer than the Power 105 Commercial Free Hour, Moe’s hat shop doesn’t do business like when the gangsters ran the city in the ’90s, Charlie’s tryin’ to get the kids to calm down after last night’s shooting, and Eddy, well he won’t give the block a moment’s quiet and is riling everybody up. Inspired by the organizing work of CASA and conversations with its members and other residents of the South Bronx.

 

Bronx work-in-progress showings:
Friday, April 24th, 2015 @ 7pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 7pm
Local Union No. 3 IBEW Headquarters
New Settlement Community Campus
Community Center Auditorium
1501 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10452

 

Off-Broadway work-in-progress showings:
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 9:00PM
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Complex
312 West 36th St, btwn 8th & 9th Ave

Manhattan Project

Sanctuary Songs

Created by Caridad Svich, Michael Premo, Rachel Falcone

 

Believers and nonbelievers from all walks of life and faith traditions are welcome at St. John the Divine. And in the community of this magnificent cathedral, many people have found home and sanctuary. But in a world of chaos and injustice, what does that mean? This unique project weaves interviews, text, and lyrics with original music by Broken Chord.

 

Manhattan work-in-progress showings:
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 @ 7pm
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 @ 7pm
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10025
Presentation located in the chapels
Off-Broadway work-in-progress showings:
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 6:30PM
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 4:00PM
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Complex
312 West 36th St, btwn 8th & 9th Ave

HOWLROUND LIVESTREAM

 

On Sunday, May 10th, the commissioned artists who have for the past six months been immersed in the communities of Bushwick, Brooklyn Highbridge, Bronx Electchester, Queens North Shore of Staten Island, and the congregational community of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, will engage in a conversation with TCG’s Executive Director, Teresa Eyring about community engagement and theater making in community.   – See more at: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-conversation-about-community-engagement-and-theatremaking-in-community-for-working#sthash.moE3b4Q9.dpuf

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