Irondale and the NYPD have partnered to create To Protect, Serve, and Understand – a program that brings together officers and community members to open dialogue and build compassion through improvisation – now in its fourth round.
For the past 10 weeks, 5 civilians and 4 police officers spent all their Tuesday evenings improvising together to better understand each other. We look forward to sharing this groups’ journey with the public on Friday and Saturday June 8th and 9th at 7:30 PM.
Watch BBC’s video about TPSU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaXO3tryzKs&
Irondale is proud to present the New York premiere of Sea of Common Catastrophe, a surreal multimedia theater work that grapples with complicity in the face of rapid urban change. Designed and directed by Jeff Becker, who leads a team of fellow New Orleans-based artists, Sea of Common Catastrophe follows three long-time residents of a tiny seaside town whose lives are uprooted when a compelling stranger arrives. Inspired by a passage from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novella Sea of Lost Time— where a town drowns on a Sunday afternoon but persists, submerged in its daily life, as if the deluge had never occurred– Sea of Common Catastrophe uses spectacular lighting and video, live music, and an innovative two-story set to evoke a changing landscape of upscale living and chic restaurants that suddenly transforms into a magical sunken world.
Sea of Common Catastrophe is produced by ArtSpot Productions, a 23-year-old New Orleans-based company equally dedicated to social justice and original theater, and was developed, in part, through a deep consideration of the profound transformations that have swept through New Orleans for decades, examined their own roles and responsibilities in the realities of gentrification and displacement. The resulting work, Sea of Common Catastrophe, challenges its audience and its artists to consider the exploitations and the opportunities inherent in profound shifts of urban communities.
Performances will take place June 15th – 30th