In partnership with NYC’s Department of Transportation, the four-week tour will pop up at public plazas in neighborhoods that were both traditionally visited by the Mobile Unit tours and hit hard by the pandemic.
Free and open to all, New Yorkers of all ages are welcome to stop by, watch the performances, and play a role in creating each show as we enjoy gathering together again.
Each day will begin with the National Black Theatre’s Stage for Healing and Resilience, co-produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre and featuring organizations local to each tour stop.
This community stage will be followed by VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX, written and performed by Mobile Unit in Corrections artist Malik Work, a spoken word show that blends hip-hop and storytelling in a modern version of epic poetry.
The experience will culminate in SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE, a dynamic new show by Patricia McGregor where Shakespeare’s complete works meet Freestyle Love Supreme and Mad Libs.
Mobile Unit’s Summer of Joy Schedule:
- July 31-August 1: Astor Place (Manhattan)
- August 5-6: Roberto Clemente Plaza (Bronx)
- August 7-8: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 12: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
- August 13: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 14-15: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 20: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 21-22: Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza (Queens)
- August 26-27: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)
- August 28-29: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
Check out more on the National Black Theatre here.
Photo credit: Dream
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