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20

Oct

Happy opening to the cast and creative team of brownsville song (b-side for tray)!

Happy opening to the cast and creative team of brownsville song (b-side for tray)!

16

Oct

Production photos of brownsville song (b-side for tray)

09

Oct

Even before our first rehearsal, members of the LCT3 cast and creative team for Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray) immersed themselves in the play’s world by visiting Brownsville with director Patricia McGregor. Unfortunately, most of what’s in the press about this Brooklyn neighborhood focuses on its gun violence—especially among African-American teens who often join territorial gangs due to the lack of other opportunities. But when we visited the Brownsville Recreation Center, we were struck by the resilience, determination and joy in the people whose stories we heard.

Shirley Jones-Baisden is a community organizer who grew up in Brownsville, was mentored by Brownsville’s beloved, unofficial mayor Gregory “Jocko” Jackson, and now gives back to the neighborhood in innumerable ways. In one of her roles, she counsels families affected by violence, and has therefore seen lots of grieving families. If they aren’t already from families she knows, they come to feel like family. She mentioned a high school graduate who was killed by a bullet meant for someone else two days before heading off to college. She also told us the harrowing story of arriving at the hospital and realizing only then that it was her friend’s one-year-old son who was shot.

To save more of these children and teenagers, Shirley insists that the community needs to offer more opportunities and show them that there’s more to life than joining a gang. The Brownsville Recreation Center is a safe and active place with rooms and programs for classes, games, dance, basketball, swimming, and more. And there are events like Summerstage and Old Timer’s Day that are wonderful community-building occasions. They’re just never covered by the press, unless bullets are in the air. As Shirley stressed to us, the whole story isn’t violence, violence, violence; it’s that spirit and life aren’t given enough opportunities to flourish in Brownsville.

In Kimber’s play, she shows us not only how Tray’s life is cut short by violence, but also Tray’s adorable dance moves with his little half-sister, the sass and love toward his protective grandmother, his dedication to boxing, and his enormous capacity for empathy.

And check back soon for more about the LCT3 production of Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray)!

Natasha Sinha is the LCT3 Associate at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater.

02

Oct

The company of “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” visited the Brownsville Recreation Center to learn more about what life is really like in the neighborhood. Check out this article to find out what they learned.

The company of “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” visited the Brownsville Recreation Center to learn more about what life is really like in the neighborhood. Check out this article to find out what they learned.

10

Jul

Just announced! Coming next season to LCT3: VERITÉ, a new play by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

17

Jun

THE WHO & THE WHAT has been extended by 2 weeks! Now through July 27!

THE WHO & THE WHAT has been extended by 2 weeks! Now through July 27!

16

Jun

Wishing the cast and creative team of THE WHO & THE WHAT a happy opening tonight!

Wishing the cast and creative team of THE WHO & THE WHAT a happy opening tonight!

13

Jun

"I waited so long to connect to myself as a writer that I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing anyway."Read more about THE WHO & THE WHAT author Ayad Akhtar, his writing process and the ideas “pouring out of him.”

"I waited so long to connect to myself as a writer that I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing anyway."

Read more about THE WHO & THE WHAT author Ayad Akhtar, his writing process and the ideas “pouring out of him.”

04

Jun

THE WHO & THE WHAT author Ayad Akhtar and cast member Nadine Malouf talk about “the who and the what” of her character Zarina.

02

Jun

THE WHO & THE WHAT is now in previews!

THE WHO & THE WHAT is now in previews!