Dec 10, 2008

Best Brooklyn Based Play

Last Saturday I had the pleasure and honor of seeing one of the best plays I have seen in quite some time. The play "Brooklyn At Eye Level" was an inspirational and eclectic mix of personalities surrounding The Atlantic Yards development project. For all of you who don't know what that is, it is essentially a Frank Gehry and Forrester City Ratner project that involves building a stadium for the Brooklyn Nets as well as develop the surrounding area with homes and businesses in Downtown Brooklyn. Needless to say there are a number of points of view about the project and everyone has a different opinion about what that means to the fabric of Brooklyn. This play attempts to provide a voice for many of the people involved, from the shop keeper to the borough president. The entire cast of Marsha Stephanie Blake, Billy Eugene Jones,
Greg McFadden, Melanie Nicholls-King, Joaquin Torres and
Colleen Werthmann was superb and each of the characters portrayed were actual characters interviewed for this project. Joaquin Torres was a highlight for me when ended the night with a song that brought the house down. If you get a chance to see the play when it comes to town again you will not be disappointed...... and you may actually learn something.

BROOKLYN AT EYE LEVEL is a theater project that explores large scale development and community change in Brooklyn, focusing on the proposed Atlantic Yards Project and its surrounding neighborhoods. This fall a company of actors and director Steve Cosson conducted interviews and immersed themselves in community life. The company spoke to representatives from all sides of the various issues in an effort to understand a wide diversity of perspectives.