Bamboo in Bushwick


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

Featuring: John J. Concado, Edna Lee Figueroa, Clinton Lowe, José Antonio Melián, Arisael Rivera, Michelle Sui

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 Campus, Bronx

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.

Scenic Design Raul Abrego ∙ Costume Design Sarita Fellows ∙ Lighting Design Harry Feiner
Sound Design Lawrence Schober ∙ Video Design Aaron Minerbrook ∙ Props Design Theresa Pierce
Choreography Joya Powell ∙ Fight Choreography Gerardo Rodriguez
Production Stage Manager Danielle Teague-Daniels ∙ Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Brown
Production Manager Niluka Hotaling ∙ Line Producer Mark Brystowski ∙ Casting Carly J. Bauer
Graphic Design Mikey Cordero ∙ Press Representation Dan Demello  ∙ Photography Michael Blase