Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 05/17/15 05:03:59 PM

Address: 290 Conover Street at Pier 44
Brooklyn, NY    11231

Phone: 718.624.4719
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A,C,F,2,3,4,5 to Jay St./Borough Hall or M, N, R to Court Street Station. From there, take the B-61 Bus from Jay & Willoughby or Court St. & Atlantic Ave. towards Red Hook. Exit at Van Brunt and Beard Streets. Walk on Beard toward Van Brunt for two blocks; turn left on Conover St. Entrance gate is on the right just before the waterfront. OR F train to Smith and 9th Street. From there, take the B-77 Bus to Conover St. at the corner of Coffey St. Walk south on Conover toward the waterfront. Entrance gate is on the right.

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

BLOOD RED ROSES: THE FEMALE PIRATE PROJECT  | Open: 05/11/15 Close: 05/31/15
Blood Red Roses is a devised immersive shadow puppetry piece that examines the history of female pirates – performed on a boat in the Red Hook Channel. What made these incredible and dangerous women choose this life, as opposed to a more conventional path? The shadows will be cast all around you, constantly surprising you. Come go to sea with us, drink rum with us, sing along with us, go on this journey with us…

Drama of Works will present the World Premiere of Blood Red Roses: The Female Pirate Project, a puppet theater piece created by the ensemble and directed by Drama of Works Artistic Director Gretchen Van Lente, May 11-31 at The Waterfront Museum (290 Conover Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn). The production will feature Joseph Garner, Emily Hartford, Gretchen Van Lente, Scott Weber, and Meghan Williams with Costume Design by Emily Blumenauer. Preview performances will be on Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 with an opening night performance on Saturday, May 16. The show will then run Friday through Sunday through May 31. Doors will open at 7:45pm and the performance will begin at sundown (approximately 8pm). Tickets ($15 in advance; $20 at the door) are available online at http://bloodredroses.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 866-811-4111. The show runs approximately 55 minutes, with no intermission.  

The Waterfront Museum is housed on board the Lehigh Valley No. 79, an authentic floating artifact that was built in 1914 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last wooden barge of the “lighterage era” (1860-1960), which remains afloat. From the barge and pier, visitors are treated to a rare front view of the Statue of Liberty, and to the tugs, freighters, and container and cruise ships that crisscross the harbor daily. For more information on the Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge and its upcoming events visit www.waterfrontmuseum.org.

Conceived and Directed by Jessica Brater
Produced by Catherine Wallach with Polybe + Seats
Written by Katya Schapiro with the company

A man floats on the open ocean, clinging to his best friend - an ever-shrinking bit of iceberg. He gazes below the surface of the water and thinks he sees ... mermaids performing Ibsen's Lady from the Sea?

Elsewhere, a salty sea captain shuttles back and forth from the miles-wide vortex in the North Central Pacific known as the Garbage Patch, delivering messages in bottles and smuggling the impossible. Elsewhere still, a marooned sea creature rants and a strange disease is spreading. All will collide in a mythic place called Florida.

Inspired by the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Park - one of the nation's oldest roadside attractions (and smallest cities) - A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things is a floating fantasia, staged on board a docked barge in Brooklyn's historic Red Hook district. It incorporates material culled from a variety of oceanographic, mythological, literary, and documentary sources - as well as a portable set composed of reclaimed plastic objects – in order to confront a frightening possibility in the global eco-debate: What if there’s nothing to be done? What does one do in the face of inevitable, unavoidable change?

Opens the day after Earth Day 2010.

Set, prop, and puppet design by Eli Kaplan-Wildmann
Lighting design by Natalie Robin
Costume design by Bevan Dunbar
Original music and sound design by Jason Binnick
Dramaturgy by Stacey Cooper McMath and Miriam Felton-Dansky
Choreography by Lindsay Torrey
Stage Manager Ai Ling Loo assisted by Gwendolyn McKenzie
Production Support by Donald Butchko and Avi Glickstein

Featuring Carmel Amit, Jenni Lerche, Elaine O'Brien, Sarah Sakaan, Eugene Michael Santiago, Hilary Thomas, and Ari Vigoda

With additional text by Rachel Carson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anna Cummins, Libby Emmons, Avi Glickstein, Henrik Ibsen, Captain Charles Moore, Claire Nouvian, Elaine O'Brien, Taro Takahashi, and William Shakespeare, and Natasha Warner in collaboration with the director and cast