COMMUNAL SPACES Play Festival Arrives to Lower East Side Community Gardens

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 at 11:01 am by
[Photo: Communal Spaces]

[Photo: Communal Spaces]

Here’s one way to stretch out summer. The community gardens of the Lower East Side will be the backdrop for this year’s 3rd annual Communal Spaces Play Festival. Five 30-minute plays inspired by the selected landscapes will be performed over three weekends in September. A little more outdoor fun in the neighborhood before breaking out the snowsuit.

A bit on the project and what to expect, from founder/producer Lillian Meredith:

For me, and I hope for the performers and playwrights, it became an exercise in letting go. Instead of trying to find a place apart to work, we carved out an area of the city that was not and could never be ours alone – one we had to share with the audience, and with all of New York. We couldn’t control the environment, couldn’t change it, couldn’t silence it to fit our needs, and so we embraced it with all its flaws and complications. The result was theater that felt truly communal – theater that felt like it belonged to everyone present. Just like the gardens. Theater that embraced its limitations, and grew from there.

This year, we’re including the surrounding areas – we’ll give out maps, tell people where they can get food or drinks or coffee, and encourage exploration of new neighborhoods. It’s about the gardens, it’s about the plays, it’s about the power and beauty of site-specific theater. But most of all, it’s about being a New Yorker exploring new parts of New York.

And the line up:

Fridays – Sundays: Sept. 13-15, Sept. 20-22 & Sept. 27-29

Tim and Tuna in Town. @ 11:00am
by Josh Gulotta in Siempre Verde
Stanton and Attorney Streets
(No performance Sept. 14)

Extinguish Yourself @ 12:30pm
by Angela Santillo in Miracle Garden
East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B

Yield! @ 3:00pm
by Will Arbery in All People’s Garden
East 3rd Street between Avenues C and D

CO . OP @ 4:00pm
by Patrick Shaw in Parque de Tranquilidad
East 4th Street between Avenues C and D

Limoncello
Limoncello. @ 6:00pm
by Alexandra Bassett in Green Oasis
East 8th Street between Avenues C and D

For more on the project and playwrights, visit the Communal Spaces website.

[Photo: Communal Spaces]

[Photo: Communal Spaces]

[via Broadway World]

 

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