Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Street Scene

This blog comes from Sarah Wolff, our Producer of Public Programs, who recently stepped outside of her role at the Museum to produce, The Love Letter You’ve Been Meaning to Write New York, a new-media street theater piece around the corner from here that has a lot of critics and neighbors talking.

Directed and conceived by Jonathan Solari, the play features a cast of more than 40 who perform right on Greenwich Street. The audience sits inside the theater and face out the floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the street. The play follows the story of a young man who has gone through hard times in the city and has decided to leave New York for good. However, strange encounters on Greenwich Street may influence him to stay. Part of the charm of the work and part of the danger is that we can’t block off the street, which enviably leads to the biggest variable in our piece, cars driving through and people walking by.

The cast is truly a composite of New York City, filled with dancers, actors, musicians and people from all walks of life. The show combines video, large scale dance numbers, puppetry, live music, and scripted performance. The event has become a part of the downtown community, so much so, that the local NYPD have nightly drive bys where they like to give the audience a thumbs-up or turn their lights and sirens on to give the cast a laugh!

As we enter our last two weeks of the run, I can now say that I have fallen in love with New York all over again. This play shows how a simple act can change someone’s life and I personally get excited to see what happens every night. I love to see who is going to walk by and choose to interact with us, or whether it will rain and the cast will join together and share umbrellas or simply choose dance in the rain together.

To see some of our cast talk about their favorite moments head to our Facebook page here!

The Love Letter You’ve Been Meaning To Write New York runs through Oct. 16 at 3LD Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St. (at Rector St.), 212-352-3101; www.TheLoveLetterYou’veBeenMeaningToWriteNewYork.com

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