Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"On the Waterfront" on the waterfront

On May 16th and 17th, a live theater version of the classic film "On the Waterfront," written by Budd Schulberg (pictured above), will be performed as part of the Sixth Annual Play Reading Salon Series from the Brave New World Repertory Theatre.

The location of this performance will be, well, on the waterfront (at the Waterfront Museum) in Red Hook. Read below for information about the series and this particular performance. Not only is this a great setting for this play (duh) but Budd Schulberg will also be on hand afterwards for a discussion with the audience!

Select text from Broadwayworld.com below:

Plays written by notable Brooklyn playwrights-four of whom are still alive, well and living in Brooklyn-make up the roster of five works to be presented as part of the Sixth Annual Play Reading Salon Series from Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Based in Brooklyn, Brave New World is known for its bold, critically acclaimed productions of Fahrenheit 451, The Great White Hope and Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, based on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (all for Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park bandshell); and To Kill a Mockingbird, staged on the front porches of a tree-lined Ditmas Park street.

Now in its sixth season, the Brave New World Salon Series features Brooklyn-based Equity actors performing rehearsed, intimate and evocative readings of classic plays-all of them penned by notable Brooklynites Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, David Lindsay-Abaire, Charles Mee and Budd Schulberg.

Highlights of the season include Pulitzer Prize-winner Lindsay-Abaire (with Shrek The Musical currently on Broadway) directing his own play, Fuddy Meers. Claire Beckman, Producing Artistic Director says: "We are thrilled to be celebrating some of the great playwrights this borough has produced, and delighted that Ms. Nottage, Mr. Mee, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire and Mr. Schulberg, (now in his 90's) have agreed to participate in talkbacks with the audience. Our book-end staged readings of The Crucible and On The Waterfront will be somewhat site-specific, in the spirit of our 2005 production of To Kill a Mockingbird."

The readings-set in notable Brooklyn locations (the Old Stone House, the Akwaaba Mansion, the Waterfront Barge Museum, etc.) include dinner catered by Red Hook's Fairway with wine courtesy of T.B. Ackerman Wine Merchants in Ditmas Park. Individual event tickets are $18 and seating is limited. Further information/tickets are available at theatre@bravenewworldrep.org.....

By Budd Schulberg
Directed by
Timothy Smith & Claire Beckman
Waterfront Museum Barge in Red Hook


Saturday May 16; Dinner 7:30pm, Reading 8:00
Sunday May 17; Brunch 1:30pm, Reading 2:00

About Brave New World Repertory Theatre
Brave New World Repertory Theatre draws from Brooklyn's rich artistic community to create dynamic and engaging theatre on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Founded by a group of local theatre professionals, the company produces classic and neglected works, as well as new works by its members. Brave New World Repertory Theatre provides its actors, directors, designers, playwrights and stage managers the opportunity to work in and for their own community.


Click here for more details, including the other performances in the series.
Photo of Budd Schulberg above from his wikipedia article

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