Color Between the Lines: Good Trouble

Color Between the Lines, an original work devised by the Irondale ensemble in 2012 and developed as part of the borough’s first public history project to explore the abolitionist movement in Brooklyn, will be presented as a 4-part virtual encore performance filmed live from the 2012 original production of Color Between the Lines with Color Between the Lines: Good Trouble, October 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Each night will feature a segment of the play followed by a conversation moderated by cast member and co-creator of the show, Damen Scranton. Special guests include other Irondale Ensemble members, Attorney General Letitia James and President & CEO of the Brooklyn Historical Society Deborah Schwartz.
Color Between the Lines takes a deep dive through the people and places that shaped the borough of Brooklyn through song, and recognizes the history of the community, its struggles, its victories and its evolution to the borough we know today. Developed from source material that outlined research of names, dates, places, maps and milestones from the abolitionist era, the ensemble pieced together the story line of this important time in history through improv exercises that turned into song, yielding a full-length evening of riveting theater.
Driven by a diverse ensemble of eight and directed by Jim Niesen, as Fort Greene was seeing an undeniable gentrification during the early 2010’s, the work also creates a hyper-local history lesson, exploring the racial tensions of past and present, and now eight years after its original premiere, the future.

The play is part of the project In Pursuit of Freedom, created in association with the Brooklyn Historical Society and Weeksville Heritage Center.

Watch Trailer

October 8, 15, 22 & 29 | Thursday at 7pm

Pay What You Can Policy
We understand that these are strenuous times for many, so we decided to create a PWYC policy for the series. Whatever price you decide to pay will give you access to all 4 nights. Everyone is welcome and we deeply appreciate the support to keep our theater alive.

$15.00 – suggested price

We will not charge the credit card processing fee for the $20 ticket.

What they Say

"courageous and compelling"
"...the cast is energetic and impassioned."

The New York TimesAudience Member

“Color Between the Lines is beautiful, disarming, engaging and the perfect blend of history and art. I long for experiences like this and celebrate when performances like this is delivered to the public. Don't miss it!”

Deborah SchwartzPresident of the Brooklyn Historical Society

“The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England....What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.”

Lewis Lapham(of Lapham’s Quarterly)


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