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Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery

Brooklyn Underground (General Remarks) MEDA new play by The Artful Conspirators
Directed by Artistic Director David A. Miller
Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 2011
inside the historic chapel of Green-Wood Cemetery

“Never, I’m sure, has the reading of regulations been so funny.”
– L Magazine

“A spirited, thoughtful and entertaining new play.” – Home Reporter

“It’s a chance to see the history of the area come to life in the spectacular setting of the cemetery itself.” – The Windsor Terrace Blog

Brooklyn Underground is a new play which features the “characters” buried at Green-Wood.  Hear the first hand account of the Brooklyn Theatre Fire of 1885 (memorialized in a monument and burial ground at Green-Wood) from actress Kate Claxton, witness a scene from Our American Cousin starring Laura Keene (buried at Green-Wood) on the night that Lincoln was shot, and be wooed by the Mad Poet of Broadway (buried at Green-Wood thanks to his wealthier fans).

Fast forward to the present to listen in on a Brooklyn bar conversation between fans, detractors and cemetery guards who all think that they know a little something more than the others about these historic grounds.  And finally, meet Alfred, buried (unfairly) at the back of the Whitlock family plot, and understand just how rough his afterlife has been.

Brooklyn Underground features Dorothy Abrahams, John Gardner, Robert James Grimm, Miranda Shields, Lauren Sowa*, and Andrew Zimmerman* as performers.   Barbara T. Dente* is stage manager. Ramon Hernandez and Jhoanna Ramos are our Artful Apprentices.

Music of Green-Wood residents Thomas Hastings and Louis Moreau Gottschalk played on accordion by Bob Goldberg.  Additional music by 3 Leg Torso.  Lighting by Sam Gordon.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

New York IT Awards

Conspire with us! Vote for Brooklyn Underground to receive an Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards!   Audience ballots count for 25% of our show’s final score. Audience voting is active from opening night until 1 week after closing night (aka October 9).

Join us at the bar after the performance!  We would love to continue the conversation about Green-Wood Cemetery even after the performance is over.   Join us at Freddy’s Bar, just a few blocks north of the cemetery’s main entrance. Receive a Half Price Drink (one per customer) with the presentation of your Brooklyn Underground program.

Read more about the project on the Green-Wood Cemetery Discovery blog or read Green-Wood Trees’ preview/review.

Brooklyn Underground was first performed at the Old Stone House in August 2010.  A revised script and new production of the play will be performed in September/October 2011 in the chapel in the Green-Wood Cemetery itself.

This project is sponsored, in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

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