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Year 2015 & 2017
Upcoming

The Plantation

by Claire Beckman, adapted from Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
Directed by Claire Beckman

 

FREE site-specific staged reading based on “The Cherry Orchard” world premiere on Governors Island.

The Plantation, set in Virginia 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War and twenty years before the Jim Crow backlash, is an American retelling of Anton Chekhov's play seen through the lens of Reconstruction.

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2017

Ms. Julie. Asian Equities.

Leegrid Stevens adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie

In Leegrid Stevens adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie we replace aristocrats and servants with high caliber bankers and the janitorial staff, exploring themes of class and forbidden romance against a timely contemporary backdrop. BNW’s site specific production will be staged on a state-of-the-art functional trading floor at the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bed-Stuy.

Year 2016

The Immortals

By Charles Mee

Three One-Act Plays about The Lives of Artists
Produced by Claire Beckman

Matisse’s Self Portrait, directed by Jackie Alexander
Van Gogh’s Sunlowers, directed by Rebecca Martinez
Picasso’s Masterpiece, directed by Claire Beckman

Featuring:
Dan Sturges as Matisse
Oliver Wadsworth* as Van Gogh
Juan Carlos Pinedo as Picasso

May 11, 12, 21, 22, 25 & 26
At Glasshouse Art/Life/Lab
in Williamsburg 246 Union Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2014

The West Begins At Fifth Avenue (short film)

 

Co-Director and Co-Writer Kryssa Schemmerling
Poverty Row Pictures
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A tale of birth, death and re-birth set on New York City’s Lower East Side during the mid-19th century, “The West Begins at Fifth Avenue" imagines the childhood of one of America’s most notorious criminals. It merges the lost language of silent cinema with modern film sensibility and techniques to create an evocative mini-epic.

Shot on location in New York City and New Jersey, “The West Begins at Fifth Avenue” utilizes the photographic style of early silent films—vignette, tableaux and shallow focus—to remove the modern world from sight. The limitations of the frame become part of the aesthetic design.

Brave New World. Rep
A 10 Year Anniversary Retrospective

BNWRep celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary on 4/4/13 at The Green Building in Carroll Gardens. This video retrospective shows the history and highlights of the company over a decade of great, professional theatre.

 

 

 

2013

Street Scene

by Elmer Rice
Directed by Claire Beckman

Street Scene: Named #22 out of 25 Best Stage Plays Shows of 2013 by L Magazine

5th St between 8th Ave and Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Street Scene received an environmental staging using a Park Slope apartment building. Brave New World Rep brought the period piece out of the proscenium box, and into our contemporary world.

The play takes place entirely on the front stoop of a New York City apartment building and examines the complex daily lives of its lower income inhabitants (and those of the surrounding neighborhood). Rice captures an evening and a morning in the life of a New York City “village” rife with domestic quarrels, racial and ethnic tensions and economic anxiety

2012

The Long Christmas Dinner

by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Claire Beckman
Home of Lindsay-Abaires (Ditmas Park) and Akwaaba Mansion (Bed-Stuy)

This timeless 45-minute one act spans 90 years of Christmas Dinners with The Bayard Family. Performed twice, back to back by an African American and a Caucasian cast, Brave New World set the performances at the home of Chris and David Lindsay-Abaire in Ditmas Park and the Akwaaba Mansion in Bed-Stuy.

BNWRep Spring Residency
The Brooklyn Lyceum, Park Slope

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace)

by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Morgan

A Brooklyn spin on the original working class situation comedy with Brooklynese accents,  mobsters, scheming wives and foolish husbands.

Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Cynthia Babak

A comeuppance tale about an African American nouveau riche publicist whose husband absconds with all her money, forcing her to crawl back to her humble Brooklyn roots and rediscover herself.

 

 

2012

The Long Christmas Dinner

by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Claire Beckman
Home of Lindsay-Abaires (Ditmas Park) and Akwaaba Mansion (Bed-Stuy)

This timeless 45-minute one act spans 90 years of Christmas Dinners with The Bayard Family. Performed twice, back to back by an African American and a Caucasian cast, Brave New World set the performances at the home of Chris and David Lindsay-Abaire in Ditmas Park and the Akwaaba Mansion in Bed-Stuy.

Sunday Tea Reading Series

Sunday afternoons during the Brooklyn Lyceum Residency, BNW actors and directors presented staged readings of: The Marquise by Noël Coward; The Learned Ladies by Moliere; Street Scene by Elmer Rice; A Kind (of) Mother by Lizzie Olesker; Waiting For Lefty by Clifford Odets; Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.

2011

The Long Christmas Dinner

by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Claire Beckman
Home of Lindsay-Abaires (Ditmas Park) and Akwaaba Mansion (Bed-Stuy)

This timeless 45-minute one act spans 90 years of Christmas Dinners with The Bayard Family. Performed twice, back to back by an African American and a Caucasian cast, Brave New World set the performances at the home of Chris and David Lindsay-Abaire in Ditmas Park and the Akwaaba Mansion in Bed-Stuy.

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace)

By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Morgan

Our Lady’s (Little League) Field of Holy Name Church, Windsor Terrace

A Brooklyn spin on the original working class situation comedy with Brooklynese accents, mobsters, scheming wives and foolish husbands. Performed in Our Lady’s (Little League) Field of Holy Name Church On Windsor Place.

The American Clock

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Cynthia Babak

The Brooklyn Lyceum, Park Slope

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Miller’s semi-autobiographical play about life during the Great Depression illustrates the collapse of the banking system, unemployment, corporate takeovers and hopes pinned on a new President. The American Clock was presented as part of a space grant at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

2010

The Halloween Plays

Three World Premiere Plays in Collaboration with Company XIV
Company XIV’s Theatre, Gowanus

• Dénouement—A Murderous Masquerade, a Neo-Baroque murder mystery choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, Company XIV founder
• Too Much Candy, a spooky fairy tale confection spiked with a twist of Freud. By Cynthia Babak; Directed by Nell Balaban
• Salsa, a psycho noir comedy about spicy hot sauce. By Greg Kotis; Directed by Chip Brookes
“…a stellar example of the artistic depths that can result from smart companies pooling their resources.”-offoffonline.com

Free Shakespeare in Prospect Park

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Claire Beckman

The Oriental Pavilion, Prospect Park

Shakespeare’s pastoral, feminist comedy performed in-the-round at the Oriental Pavillion with live cello and guitar.

 

 

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Claire Beckman


The Crucible: A New York Magazine Critics Pick

The Old Stone House, Park Slope

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Ten intimate lantern-lit performances staged in The Old Stone House, first constructed in 1699 (seven years after the Salem hangings). The company used the first floor of this unique Brooklyn location for the Parris and Proctor homes and the second floor for the dramatic trial and jail scenes. The play opened with Tituba and the adolescent girls of the village seen through the colonial windows dancing around a fire and pot of soup. New York Magazine Critic’s Pick.

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Claire Beckman

Beach and Boardwalk, Coney Island

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Afternoon performances of The Tempest were offered free to the public in the open air of the legendary Boardwalk and beach at Coney Island. Performed on the sand and a tiered platform in the center of an audience seated in 1,500 folding chairs along a 235-foot stretch of Boardwalk near the NY Aquarium. This production was awarded a “proclamation” by Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Video Montage of Brave New World Rep's 2009 summer production of The Tempest
on the Coney Island boardwalk. Click Here.

FREE Summer Garden Readings

The Member of the Wedding

by Carson McCullers
Directed by Claire Beckman

Community and Private gardens throughout Brooklyn
A classic coming of age story that centers around the special relationship between an African American nanny and the adolescent girl she mothered. A nod to BNW’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankie was played by Taylor Morgan, who played Scout in 2005

 

 

2008

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury
Directed by Royston Coppenger

Prospect Park Bandshell, Celebrate Brooklyn!

On the eve of The Kindle this multi-media production of Bradbury’s classic dystopian society  where firemen burn books, included projection and video design and was performed for an audience of 1500; Sponsored and co-produced by BRIC/Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

2007

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

by Walt Whitman
Conceived, Adapted and Directed by Claire Beckman

Prospect Park Bandshell, Celebrate Brooklyn!

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass inspired this multi-media production with dance and live music. Recipient of a 2007 BRIClab Residency.

Video: Excerpts from BNWRep's production of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, adapted from
Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Click here.

2006

The Great White Hope

by Howard Sackler
Directed by Royston Coppenger

Prospect Park Bandshell, Celebrate Brooklyn!

The epic story of Jack Johnson, the early 20th century boxing champion here called Jack Jefferson, included 65 characters played by 21 actors; the production featured video projections of images from Johnson’s  life and career,  both torn apart by racism, segregation and the prejudice that created a demand for a “great white hope” to defeat him.

2005

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee
Conceived and Directed by Claire Beckman

Porches and Sidewalks of Westminster Road, Ditmas Park

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Arguably BNW’s seminal production, this free-to-the-public, site-specific event had amplified sound and lighting was attended by over 2,000 people. The action took place on the porches and sidewalks of six Victorian homes in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. 750 people were seated in folding chairs in the wide street and the rest stood. The community participated by playing small roles or volunteering. The production received a “citation” by Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“In a quarter-century of theater-going in New York, never have I seen an audience as integrated as the one that took their folding seats on Sunday: black and white, old and very young, with a healthy sprinkling of neighborhood teenagers. Rarely have I seen one so rapt or appreciative. That the show was free enhanced the magic; this was street theater, people’s theater, of the highest order…” Jeff Coplon, critic.

Reading to Performance Video

2004

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Royston Coppenger

MADARTS Studio, South Park Slope

BNW’s first full production had five performances and took place in an Art Gallery which was reconfigured into a theatre space.

 

 

 

 

2004-2009

BNW Play Reading Salon Series

These popular readings began in living rooms all over Brooklyn and featured complimentary dinner and wine. The venues soon grew in size to accommodate demand and included intimate public spaces like The Old Stone House (The Crucible, Our Town, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, Much Ado About Nothing), The Waterfront Museum (On The Waterfront, The School for Wives), BRICStudio (Wild Oats, The Perfect Wedding), Akwaaba Mansion (The Great White Hope and Fabulation), Irondale Center (The Children’s Hour) and Issue Project Room (Waiting for Godot, No Exit). Among more than 50 readings in Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ditmas Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Fort Greene. Many went on to be full productions.

2003

BNW Shakes Pier in Brooklyn

selections from Shakespeare and Stoppard

Performed and Directed by the Founding Company Members
BNW’s inaugural showcase featured scenes from Shakespeare, Stoppard and a 1950's radio sketch “A Shakespearean Baseball Game.” It ran over 3 weekends and was the featured entertainment for the BWAC fall art show.