Open Rehearsals: A Skate Play, presented by Eyes Up Here Productions
A Skate Play is inspired by Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a novella that tells the story of Jonathan, a young, visionary and adventurous seagull, impassioned by the art of flight. Jonathan is up against all odds - his community banishes him and he goes on a powerful journey to learn the meaning of freedom, flight and limitlessness. The story asks each of us to let go of our limited ideas about ourselves and communities so that we may grow personally, spiritually and as a society. In this multidisciplinary production that takes place in skate parks, skateboarders represent the flight of the birds performing in tandem with actors, integrating skate choreography with theatrical dialogue and storytelling.
A Skate Play socially engages youth in public skateparks worldwide. It was first performed in McCarren Skatepark, Brooklyn, NY in 2013 and then translated into Arabic for Skateqilya Skatepark in Jayyous, Palestine in 2018. Here is a teaser video from that production as well as a feature in Skateism Magazine.
This iteration will take place at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn, with the support of Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund and a partnership with The Theatre Development Fund, who will be creating an accompanying curriculum for five local public high schools.
Rehearsals happen on the following dates and times:
Sept 10 (Fr): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)
Sept 13-18 (M-Sa): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)
Sept 20 (M): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)
Sept 21-23 (Tu-Th): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)
Sept 27-30 (M-W): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)
Sept 30 + Oct 1 (Th-Fr): Tech/Dress - Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)