This weekend Red Hook residents met for a series of workshops with Falconworks Artists Group (led by Reg, Chris, & Candice) & special guest, Julian Boal.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight (5/31), Falconworks Artist Group will present the Red Hook Theater Project at PS 15 – 71 Sullivan Street.
Everyone involved, actors and spectators (“spect-actors” in this case), will be working to transform the community through original devised theater.
For more information visit http://www.redhooktheater.org
Straight off the Falconworks website:
Original Plays by Red Hook Kids
Six young playwrights take center stage in their own plays, with the support of professional writers, actors, and directors, for an evening of funny, moving, raw, and completely original theater.
Ashanté Boomer, Dante Cowen, Charlotte Ehrhardt, Josiah Garay and Tia Hill
PS 15 – The Patrick F. Daly School
71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 pm
Admission is free.
Reservations at http://offthehook.eventbrite.com
Chris, Reg, & now Candace have been running Falconworks for a long time in Red Hook, doing great youth programs like Off the Hook (where young playwrights see their work realized by wonderful professional actors) and the Police-Teen Theater Project.
In recent months, they’ve been ramping up sessions of their adult Boal workshops, “The Red Hook Theater Project” (with, we’re happy to say, a sometimes-assist from the DTE studio). I don’t know that they’ve ever done a benefit before, so now’s your chance to support the great work they do in the neighborhood.
Falconworks @ DTE's studio for a rehearsal
Tonight only is Falconworks’ “Make Your Own Benefit.” Look on the Falconworks website for info on the fun they’ve got planned, or check out the writeup on playbill.com for details.
For the last few years FalconWorks has run a great improv program pairing local teenagers with police officers who serve the community. What have we learned?
- Teenagers can do awesome things when they’re working with cops and not against them (and vice versa for the cops!).
- Improv theatre makes for a great show.
- Police officers are pretty funny guys.
If you’re a teen, or know one in South Brooklyn, get on board this year’s project.
Interviews for this year’s cast are being held 4:30-5:30 at the Justice Center (88 Visitation Place) Wed. afternoon. Call (718) 395-3218 for details or check out their snazzy new website.
Brooklyn Independent Television’s Neighborhood Beat visits Red Hook on Thursday, February 4, at 8:30pm
Neighborhood Beat is a great show that checks out a lot of the under-the-radar highlights in neighborhoods across the borough. Looks like for this episode they’ve got old DTE friends Falconworks, the Kentler Gallery, plus Hope & Anchor and one unfamiliar name, Marsha Trattner. Apparently Ms. Trattner is going to show us the old art of blacksmithing, which I can tell you from my experience in the fourth grade- very cool.
Check it out tomorrow night on Brooklyn Independent TV (link for which channel that means for you).
The Brooklyn Paper has a short piece on Red Hook community arts organization DTE Falconworks and their upcoming piece, Off the Hook. The shows are scheduled for November 20th and 21st at PS 15 here in Red Hook.
photo: Bess Adler for the Brooklyn Paper
“Off the Hook” is a youth playwriting program with involvement from some of the same great students who participate in our programs at Dancee Theatre Etcetera. Students get the opportunity to work with mentor/dramaturgs as they craft their pieces, and then see their visions realized in a full (though bare-bones) production of their plays.
Check out OTH to support these creative young people- head over to the Falconworks website for details or to reserve a ticket.
Falconworks Artists Group, our friends from around the corner in the Houses, has a show coming up this Monday, October 12th at PS 15 in Red Hook. The performance will mark the culmination of a three-day series of intensive workshops in the theatrical techniques of director/writer/giant influence on DTE, Augosto Boal.
“The Red Hook Theatre Project” will put together over twenty residents of Red Hook, ages 18 and up, as they create theatre about real life situations and issues, and let the audience participate through the structure of “forum theatre.”
Check out the show- 7pm, 71 Sullivan Street, for some awesome theatre- and when you’re there admire the nifty white folding chairs straight out of DTE’s space- we braved the unbelievably windy wind to get them to you!