Happy Holidays Brave Community,
If you believe, as I do, that theatre is an essential balm in times of uncertainty and social unrest, I hope you will generously support BNW as this year comes to a close, because we have big plans for 2017!
Thanks to you, BNW presented two FREE world premieres in 2016: Chuck Mee’s trilogy The Immortals, about Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso which was thoroughly enjoyed in Williamsburg, and The Plantation, adapted from The Cherry Orchard, and set in Virginia 1870, which drew crowds on Governors Island.
Coming up next, we proudly present another world premiere exploring class and race in America: Ms. Julie, Asian Equities, adapted by Leegrid Stevens from the August Strindberg classic Miss Julie. Re-imagined on Wall Street in 2011, Stevens swaps aristocracy for investment banking, and servants for the after-hours janitorial staff. BNW plans to present it on an actual trading floor at The Academy of Global Finance in Bedford Stuyvesant next spring.
Finally, we are honored that The Governor’s Island Trust has invited The Plantation to return for a longer engagement in September. Long-time BNW supporter and advisor Blair Underwood calls our production “poignant, powerful, riveting and relevant.”
Committed to community-outreach, BNW began 2016 documenting the life stories of Midwood Seniors, and concludes the year helping our K-5 friends at Cortelyou Academy with their winter play. Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods and communities are our greatest pride and strength. Help us continue to celebrate these values by becoming a BNW member for $100 or more and enjoy the best seats all year! $500 will pay for a badly needed laptop, and even $20.17 is more appreciated than you know. We really can’t exist without your support!
Producing Artistic Director
Brave New World Repertory Theatre, a Brooklyn-based company, reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre, with re-imagined classics and brave new works that reflect our diverse community. BNW’s free-to-low-cost programs range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions, and cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. We seek to tell stories that celebrate life and explore social justice; stories that make us laugh, feel deeply, and find common ground.
O brave new world, That has such people in’t! The Tempest, Act V: Sc. 1