The Bushwick Starr performing arts center is gearing up for its seventh season with an impressive lineup of shows scheduled for 2015 and 2016.
The season kicks off with the developing work program, the Propeller Project. This year Bushwick Starr introduces a new piece by Brooklyn-based performance artist, LNWD, aka Linwood Young, titled “Dark Star: The Cosmic Event for Your Nerve.” During the three night concert event, from Aug. 27-29, the audience is invited aboard the Dark Star ship to enjoy an evening of great music.
The Main Stage will feature performances by award-winning music theater artist Cynthia Hopkins, performer/choreographer Jaamil Kosoko, Banana Bag & Bodice, popular comedian/performance host Ikechukwu Ufomadu, and more.
From Oct. 7-31, Bushwick Starr will present “The Alcoholic Movie Musical!” by Cynthia Hopkins. “The Alcoholic Movie Musical!” is a comedy routine about alcoholism that rapidly evolves into an operatic description of Hopkins’ quest to create an outlandish musical film telling her life story, culminating in a live enactment of this impossible film.
Jaamil Kosoko in association with his company anonymous bodies, will present “Imaging Justice for the Dark Devine from Nov. 12-15. In this series of series of performative actions, installations, dialogues, offerings, medicinal practices, rituals, and readings, Kosoko will explore issues of equity and inclusion within the theatrical space.
“Yoleros,” by Alex Vásquez Escaño, presented with Teatrica in association with Brooklyn Gypsies, will take place on Dec. 17-19 at Bushwick Starr. “Yoleros” is the story of three special lottery winners who embark on a journey to Puerto Rico, while facing their innermost desires, fears, and what the sea has to offer. It will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
The first main stage show of next year will be “LONGYARN,” presented by Banana Bag & Bodice from Jan. 13-30, 2016. LONGYARN is based on strong, peculiar and compelling women from history, but the focal source material is the memoir of Peig Sayers, an old Gaelic woman who lived off the west coast of Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.
From May 11-28, 2016, Ikechukwu Ufomadu will play host to an evening of late-night talk show entertainment for his show “Ike at Night.” Each night is an all new mix of comedy, interviews, and music. “Ike at Night” was originally produced by OBIE-winning venue JACK, and played a sold-out run at The Public Theater’s 2015 Under the Radar Festival.
“Our ongoing community events and festivals, Puppets & Poets, Brooklyn Gypsies, and Big Green Theater, will continue to present new collaborative work geared towards our Bushwick neighborhood audience,” said Sue Kessler, executive director of Bushwick Starr. “And finally, our monthly Starr Reading Series will cultivate new plays in development from some of NYC’s most exciting young playwrights.”
All tickets will be on sale through the Bushwick Starr website, and range in price from $15-$18. Bushwick Starr is located at 207 Starr St. For more information, visit www.thebushwickstarr.org.