Brooklyn Lyceum Hosts Brave New World Theater For Spring Residency
GOWANUS — Brave New World Repertory Theatre (BNW) announces its Spring Residency 2012 at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Running from April 1 through May 13, the residency will offer a comprehensive range of exciting theater-based activities for all ages — plays, classes and readings for Brooklynites and all city residents who love theatre.
The wide-range of programming includes:
- “Two Brooklyn Tales” in rotating repertory on the main stage — First up, a return engagement of The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace) by William Shakespeare. Set in Windsor Terrace in the Big-Hair 80’s, BNW’s production features working-class families, neighborhood toughs and time-specific Brooklynese, opening April 12h. On alternating days, BNW will present the first ever Brooklyn production of Fabulation, or, the Re-education of Undine, by Brooklyn’s own Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The play, a hilarious and poignant tale of a high-powered black woman’s fall from grace, opens on April 19.
- Brave New World Studio Conservatory for Young People — Six weeks of age-appropriate classes tailored for students ages 3-21, including Green Theatre Technology for teens (via a grant from Con Edison), Stage Combat, Improvisation, African-Caribbean Dance, Musical Theater, Young Actors Workshops, Interactive Storytelling and Tap and Soft Shoe, just to name some highlights. Instructors are members of the BNW ensemble — Equity actors, musicians, stagecraft technicians, choreographers and more.
The Spring Break Mini-Camp for Kids — A week of puppetry and performance workshop for ages 7-11, Monday to Friday April 16 to 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Sunday Tea Reading Series — A Brave New World audience favorite, this new Sunday Tea reading series (with complimentary tea and scones) will be curated according to BNW’s mission: classic, neglected and new plays by Brooklyn playwrights. The series kicks off with a reading of The Marquise by Noel Coward, which is part of a citywide festival of his plays presented by the Noel Coward Foundation. This comedy about romantic entanglements and misunderstandings, complete with old secrets and impulsive young lovers, hasn’t been produced in New York since 1927. Following Sundays will feature Street Scene by Elmer Rice, The Learned Ladies by Molière, Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets, Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov and new plays by Brooklyn playwrights Charles L. Mee.
Brave New World Rep’s Spring Residency 2012 at the Brooklyn Lyceum has been in the works since its sold-out two-week run of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock in December 2010 at the Lyceum. Based on its success, and a one-day drama fair in September for children and teens that became the model for BNW Studio, the Brooklyn Lyceum offered BNW a six-week residency in April and May of 2012, with the purpose of providing a temporary home to a venerable Brooklyn company.
“The beauty of our relationship with the Brooklyn Lyceum,” says BNW’s producing artistic director Claire Beckman, “is that they have embraced the idea of Brave New-World Studio, which we hope will help to subsidize our main stage productions and provide much needed after-school enrichment for children and teens in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn.”
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