Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District Walking Tour

Photographs by Betty Sword, taken in preparation for my November 9th walking tour of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District  presented by the Theatre for a New Audience.

The walk begins, at 10am, in front of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building. For additional information:

Email humanities@tfana.org or call 212-229-2819×31

2new audienceDesigned by Hugh Hardy, of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the 299 seat Theatre for a New Audience opened November 2nd with A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Julie Taymor.

Built over a former parking lot, the 27,500-square-foot theatre “also houses a 50-seat rehearsal space and a lobby café.”

3new audienceThe tour begins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (in the background to the left) and following a circular route ends at the Theatre for a A New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center (right).

theatre 22 (Medium)The BRIC Art House is the former Strand Theatre, opening in 1919 as movie palace designed by Thomas Lamb.
Originally designed by J. B. McElfatrick, the BAM Harvey opened as the Majestic Theatre on August 30, 1904 with the stage production of The Wizard of Oz. The space renamed in honor of BAM President and Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein when he retired in 1999.

theatre 286o (Medium)Opened in 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center features seven column-free studios with wood-sprung floors and spacious dressing rooms with lockers and showers.
Primarily used by the company and school, the seven studios are available for rent to non-profit dance companies at deeply discounted prices.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and  walks in 2014.

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