Now in its fifth year, Communal Spaces: a garden play festival will premiere eight new short plays inspired by and performed in four community gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn September 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27.
Communal Spaces is an annual festival that commissions playwrights to write new plays inspired by specific community gardens around the city.Audience members may attend one play or several, traveling across the city or around the borough to each garden. Communal Spaces is produced by The Motor Company, Artistic Director Lillian Meredith.
I know NY’ers usually get excited about Broadway week, when they can finally afford a night out to the Great White Way, but I’ve always found Off-Broadway Week to be far more exciting.
Off-Broadway gets you off your beaten path, into neighborhoods you might not otherwise visit in your regular routine. Love that. These productions are lower budget, so if you’re a theatre enthusiast, they can be little more gratifying to see, IMHO. Lastly, they’re incredibly affordable at full price, so during Off-Broadway week, when they’re 1/2 off, they’re a steal! You can take in 3-4 and still not break the bank. Nice.
Brecht in the Park is3 rarely-performed short plays by Bertolt Brecht.
To shake up the usual outdoor theatre fare offered in NYC, Elephant Run District is presenting Brecht in the Park. Included in this presentation are three rarely-performed short plays – The Elephant Calf, In Search of Justice, The Exception and the Rule. Each of the three short plays is connected by the motif of a courtroom drama, where society’s rules are examined and one is judged based on those rules.
This imaginative production, directed by Aimee Todoroff, will fuse physical and political theatre, bringing these early 20th century works into the contemporary world of the Occupy Movement, Citizens United, Stop & Frisk actions and Stand Your Ground laws. It will feature masks and puppets created by Joe Osheroff, winner of three New York Innovative Theatre Awards in 2012.
Performances:Saturdays and Sundays, July 6 to 28 at 4 p.m. (no show July 13), near the southeast corner of the Great Hill in Central Park.
An additional performance will take place on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m at the Brecht Forum, corner of West and Bank Streets.
Admission is free to all performances. Donations will gladly be accepted.