Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Bowery Wars, Part 2 - Continues to May 20 in New York City

From a media release:

Downtown Art Presents:
The Bowery Wars, Part 2 - continues to May 20, 2012
The Writers Project - Series 1 - May 11 & 12, 2012

Downtown Art works with teen artists to create original theater, music, and performance events and to champion the capacities of young people in a world which often dismisses their contributions.

Prepare yourself to be moved by some extraordinary young artists in Bowery Wars, Part 2, a performance that intertwines the history of the LES (circa 1903) with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  "Romeo and Juliet are two young immigrants caught up in the violent division between different ethnic groups in the LES as well as the political division of the city at the time," says Artistic Director Ryan Gilliam.

Rooted in the neighborhood's local history, act one of the performance takes place at different locations throughout the LES. "We were doing work on the streets," Gilliam remarked, "and we wanted to relate to the history of the streets."

The Bowery Wars, Part 2

April 28 - May 20, Saturdays and Sundays, 3:15pm
Tickets: Adults $15; Students/Seniors $10
Book and Lyrics by Ryan Gilliam, Music by Michael Hickey

All performances are outdoors:
Act 1: Walking, 45 mins., starts at 120 E. 2nd Street, ends at 19 E. 3rd St.
Act 2: Seated, outdoors, at 19 E. 3rd Street

The culmination of our 2-part rock musical tracing the lives of an immigrant Romeo and Juliet and the history of the Lower East Side, once the densest place on the face of the earth. In the fall of 1903, the battle for the Bowery between New York's two largest gangs - The Eastmans and The Five Pointers - reaches its climax; Tammany Hall is determined to come back from defeat and retake City Hall; and a young Italian and a young Russian Jew fall in love. The Bowery Wars looks at the history of a city divided: its promise, its corruption, its violence, and its efforts to remake itself.

Performed by Lily Abedin, Zen Anton, Mamadou Barry, Joshua Diaz, Lily Fremaux, Andrew Gangaram, Michela Garabedian, Nick Geisler, Lena Feliciano Hansen, Mae Hardman-Hill, Jeanne Kessira, India Kotis, Tori Matos, Lila Meretzky, Alma Moos-Nunez, Steven Paul, Olivia Reinertson, Amenta Bell-Richardson, Juliette Rochard, Saige Rodriguez, Ransom Sutton, and Erin Wells, with musicians Robby Jenkins, Zach Lewellyn, and Dakota Peterson.

The Writers Project - Series 1
• Reserve seats by emailing your request to

Three new plays by Zen Anton, Erin Carden, and Amelie Lyons
Original music by Zen Anton and Alice Quinn Makwaia
May 11 and 12, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm
Adults $10; Students/Seniors $5

Staged readings by three teen playwrights - all with original music by teen composers - and all tied to the stories and history of the the East Village and Lower East Side.

Also, if you know a teen interested in performance, Downtown Art is premiering a series of workshops this summer. Classes include Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Stage Combat, and Improv - all running through July on East 4th Street.

Click here for more info! 

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