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September 23, 2008

Atlantic Yards, the Musical Tragicomedy

DramaComedy.gif BroadwayWorld.com, The Civilians to Present 'Brooklyn at Eye Level'

Brooklyn at Eye Level, a long-term investigation of development in Brooklyn and its effect on neighborhood and community. For this work the company will connect artists, community members and local youth using their signature creative process grounded in documentary art. Brooklyn at Eye Level will examine the surge of development in Brooklyn, with a specific focus on the controversial Atlantic Yards project and its effect on the surrounding communities of Fort Greene, Boreum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Prospect Heights.
The Labs and the community investigation will culminate in a week of public performances at the Brooklyn Lyceum December 4-7, 2008 featuring professional actors, musicians and dancers as well as local residents. Following the December shows, the company will use the material gathered in the fall to develop a new full-length work of theater as well as online content and several future programs to be announced.

“Though the focus will be the Atlantic Yards project, we hope to delve deeply into the issues of development, eminent domain and community on a broad level, looking at changes in many neighborhoods and how they affects people’s lives on an intimate level” explained Steven Cosson. “We are excited to begin this new theatrical experiment so close to home and are looking forward to seeing what this project reveals about our city and ourselves.”

TheaterMania, The Civilians to Present Brooklyn at Eye Level in December

The award-winning theater troupe The Civilians will present their newest work, Brooklyn at Eye Level, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, December 4-7.

This new work will examine the surge of development in Brooklyn, with a specific focus on the controversial Atlantic Yards project and its effect on the surrounding communities. The group, led by artistic director Steven Cosson, will conduct interviews with residents, business owners, politicians, and civic organizations in preparation for the show. They will also work with playwright Lucy Thurber, dance company Urban Bush Women, and composer Michael Friedman, along with a variety of local artists.

After the December performances, the company will use the material to develop a full-length theater piece, along with online content and other future programs.

Brownstoner, Closing Bell: Atlantic Yards...On Stage?

B-stoners wonder who you would cast as überdeveloper Bruce Ratner.

Between Productions, Civilian Action

The Civilians, who created the delightful Off Broadway musical Gone Missing (pictured), are taking on an entirely different subject for their next production: Gentrification in Brooklyn, with an emphasis on the Atlantic Yards project/fiasco taking shape in my backyard. (I've said before that I'd love to see something like Chicago's Millennium Park rise from its all-but-ashes, but my gut tells me all we'll get from it are empty lots and building remnants left from its clearing).

Posted by lumi at September 23, 2008 6:07 AM