Brave New World is presenting a monthly reading series, hosted in private Ditmas Park homes and a local restaurant, with stories that are set in India, Brooklyn, the Midwest and the Ukraine
Brave New World Repertory Theatre, the Brooklyn-based company that reaches under-served audiences to promote a love of theatre with re-imagined classics and brave new works, announced its BNW’s 15th anniversary season “Brave New Works 2018: Ditmas Park.”
“The concept for Brave New Works 2018 is to act locally, think globally,” said BNW founder/producing artistic director Claire Beckman, reported Broadway World. “All are welcome but this initiative allows our Ditmas/Flatbush neighbors to enjoy a series of five new works by local writers without having to take a subway, bus or Uber.”
BNW, which first won acclaim with To Kill A Mockingbird staged on the front porches of Victorian Flatbush in 2005, offers free-to-low-cost programs that range from intimate readings to large outdoor productions, and cast unique and historic Brooklyn venues in a leading role. For its Brave New Works 2018: Ditmas Park anniversary series, four Ditmas Park homeowners and one local family-run restaurant, Cinco de Mayo, are hosting monthly readings of new plays, preceded by a cocktail half-hour with wine and light fare.
The upcoming season will feature stories that are set in India, Brooklyn, the Midwest, the Ukraine and the thoughtful mind of a young Mexican-American woman. Not only do they reflect Ditmas Park’s global community, but as a collective, they amplify that diversity in astonishing, heartfelt and often hilarious ways.
The series, which kicked off on January 20, returns on February 24 with Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ Last Night and the Night Before, a story about a woman and her daughter who leave behind a troubled life in Georgia when they show up at her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn. Poetic, dark and often deeply funny the play explores the complex power, necessity and beauty of loss.
In Search of…Sasquatch by Robert Kerr will take center stage on March 17. The play’s protagonist Stanley Whitaker, an airport security agent who finds himself under a cloud of suspicion in connection with a security breach at James Buchanan International Airport, has to go through great lengths to clear his name while contending with his curmudgeonly wife, an out-of-control agent from the Office of Internal Investigation and a maybe not-so-mythical Sasquatch.
On April 14, BNW presents Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec. The play is set in a small village in Eastern Ukraine in the days and weeks following the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 and reimagines the horrific event through the eyes of those who came in contact with the passengers before the crash, as well as the villagers whose job it became to police and protect the victims’ bodies, and the family members who still wait for justice.
The grand finale will take place on May 5 with Emely Zepada’s From Clay and Water, the journey of a family and a daughter trying to cope with the loss of her parents. The reading is directed by Rebecca Martinez and features performers Yadira de la Riva, Caroline Ryburn, Craig Grant.
Brave New World Repertory Theatre Presents: Brave New Works 2018: Ditmas Park
When: February 24 – May 5, 2018
Where: Various locations. (Addresses of the venues will be sent by email upon receipt of purchase.)
How much: $18, general admission. For more information and to get tickets, go here.