The Bushwick Starr

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 01/23/13 10:56:26 PM
Address: 207 Starr Steet
Brooklyn, NY    11237

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Pocahontas, and/or America  | Open: 03/06/13 Close: 03/23/13
<i>With over 400 years of history, legend, and pop culture as its sources, Little Lord reconstructs the American myth of Pocahontas in their fifth full-length stage work, <b>Pocahontas, and/or America</b>. Taking up the mantle of the early 19th-century dramatists who invented the American theater, <b>Pocahontas, and/or America</b> recreates our country's origins through the lens of the immortal Indian princess, belle sauvage, Pocahontas. Using contemporary historical accounts, 19th-century melodramas, YMCA Indian guides, archaeological research, and more, Little Lord digs into disputed histories to find out if it's still even possible to make a patriotic piece of theater.</i>

<i>Pocahontas, and/or America</i> features Kaaron Briscoe*, Das Elkin, Joshua William Gelb, Stephanie Hsu (Life and Times), Polly Lee* (Marie Antoinette at Yale Rep/ART), Alan Tyson, Laura von Holt, and Enrico D. Wey* (War Horse, THEM at PS122/Abrons).

Pocahontas, and/or America is created by Little Lord; directed by Michael Levinton; written by Michael Levinton and Laura von Holt; set and costume design by Elizabeth Barrett Groth; lighting design by Natalie Robin; choreography by Randi Kleiner. Stage Managed by Kaitlin Nemeth, Assistant Stage Manager Richard Drake. Production Manager: Jeremy Pape.


Blood Play  | Open: 10/03/12 Close: 10/27/12
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $15 tix until 9/26, when regular ticket price will resume at $18

For their 7th full-length work, The Debate Society has created a darkly comic thriller of post-war verve and pre-adolescent disquiet. Blood Play is set in the tranquil Chicago suburb of Skokie in the early 1950's. While the kids are away on a camping trip with their Jr. Cherokee's Troop, a string of coincidences yields a spontaneous grown-up party. In the basement of a brand-new ranch house, exotic cocktails like "Rapupu Sours" are sampled, games like "Bee Pee Bo" are played and new friends like Jeep, the door-to-door photographer, are made. What an unforgettable night this is to be! BUT things are happening that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground.

Soon, the story spread . . . Whispers in the basement bars of the homes around the neighborhood. Rumors served at the soda shop. Kids, terrified, telling trembling tales in tents in the backyard . . .
. . . He's out there.

Blood Play features Hannah Bos (Buddy Cop 2, The Veri**on Play), Michael Cyril Creighton (Buddy Cop 2, Louie), Birgit Huppuch (Telephone, A Map of Virtue), Ronete Levenson (Our Town, What Once We Felt), Hanlon Smith-Dorsey (Love Monster, A Cadaver Christmas) and Paul Thureen (Buddy Cop 2, Uncle Vanya).

Blood Play is made by The Debate Society; directed and developed by Oliver Butler (Buddy Cop 2, The Lapsburgh Layover); written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen; set design by Laura Jellinek; costume design by Sydney Maresca; lighting design by Mike Riggs; sound design by Ben Truppin-Brown.


Following a sold out four-night run in May, Calypso returns to The Bushwick Starr on July 13 - 14, 2012 for what Bushwick Daily calls an "exceptional literary experience".

Brooklyn duo Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies take the stage once again with an intimate performance that "sparkles with intelligence, clever writing, sharp satire and an often hilarious send-up of the classics of our canon" (Volume 1 Brooklyn).

Taking cues from audio storytellers like Ira Glass and Garrison Keillor, as well as innovative monologists like Joe Frank and Spalding Gray, Calypso finds Rome reading the classics, narrating irreverent retellings of Homer and Virgil from the perspective of a disgruntled but faithful wife Penelope, and the Western world's original heartbreaker: Aeneas.

Meanwhile, Menzies delivers "the character we love to hate to be" (Hyperallergic), relating a confessional tale of young love sparked over Haruki Murakami, vintage Calypso records and a fateful tandem bicycle ride through Manhattan's West Village.

Penned by Rome, the stories "glisten with sophistication and wit" (Volume 1 Brooklyn), while Menzies' soundtrack accompanies like a bard's lyre, "placing the viewer exactly where the authors want her to be: deeply immersed in the story" (Bushwick Daily).

Writes Paul Cox for Hyperallergic: "It's striking how Menzies' score, along with Rome's measured sentences, captivates and immerses the auditory cortex. ... And the catharsis feels so good."


Violette, Violette  | Open: 06/28/12 Close: 07/01/12
In life, Violette Leduc was an expressive, eccentric and gifted contemporary of French literary giants like Sartre, Camus and Genet. In death, she haunts American performer Anne DeAcetis. Fascinated by Leduc's forgotten story, DeAcetis struggles to understand and explain Violette's violent passions...and her own.


The 5th Annual Bushwhack Series  | Open: 05/31/12 Close: 06/03/12
Now in it's 5th year, our annual Bushwhack Series is a performance festival devoted to the development of new work within the neighborhood of Bushwick. Bushwhack is a part of Arts In Bushwick's annual Open Studios Festival, celebrating what is unique and special about our arts community.

This year we are proud to present:
The Maya Project
William Burke
Rafael Gallegos/Nueva Bohemia
Engine Company No. 11
and Modesto "Flako" Jimenez

*Same great line-up every night, featuring a diverse mix of theater, dance, film, and sports!

Past festivals have featured some fantastic participants, including: Reggie Watts, The NTUSA, Banana Bag & Bodice, 31 Down, Nellie Tinder, and Regina Rocke.

Selected press about The Bushwhack Series:

"Some fierce and frolicking minds have come together in The Bushwhack Series to take us on an experimental escapade of visionary artistry."-

"It's an opportunity for young artists to showcase works that are near to their hearts, and as always at the Starr, the passion shows." - L Magazine

"...artistically ambitious while still maintaining a real commitment to community" - Andy Horowitz, Culturebot


Brooklyn writer Paul Rome and performer-composer Roarke Menzies return to The Bushwick Starr on May 9 - 12, 2012 with their latest collaboration: 'Calypso'.

In Spring 2011, a one-act version of 'Calypso' had Storefront Gallery in Bushwick "packed to the rainy threshold and glow{e_description}#91;ing{e_description}#93; with laughter" (Bushwick BK). Calypso has now been expanded into a two-act, evening-length production designed for the black box theatre.

Penned in what Bushwick BK calls Rome's "endearingly neurotic" prose and accompanied by Menzies' "haunting" (T-Rex NYC) soundtrack, 'Calypso' pairs an unsure 20-something's personal account of a 21st century Manhattan romance with irreverent retellings of two of Western literature's most iconic epics: Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.

The alternating narratives are read aloud by Rome and Menzies in the style of innovative monologists like Joe Frank and Spalding Gray. Brimming with cultural references from Alfred Hitchcock and Haruki Murakami to Aristotle and Freud, as well as allusions to the structural conceits of Nora Ephron rom-coms and the rhetoric of Shakespeare and Kanye West, Calypso establishes a vibrant back-and-forth between ancient and current, mythic and commonplace, academic dissertation and barroom confessional.


The 2nd Annual Big Green Theater Festival  | Open: 04/28/12 Close: 04/29/12
Big Green Theater (BGT) is an annual community based program that brings the youth of Bushwick directly in touch with the professional world of theater. For a four month period every year, The Bushwick Starr works with a group of 5th grade students after school, teaching them a combination of playwriting and environmental education. This in-classroom portion of our program is lead by Jeremy Pickard of Brooklyn based eco-theater collective, Superhero Clubhouse. This year, we partnered with Bushwick's PS123 5th grade class; a wonderful and lively group of 10-11 year-olds, who wrote the original environmentally themed plays that are being performed at the BGT Festival! These plays are being performed by an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and designers using only green theater methods.

Our performance venue serves the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn- a vibrant and diverse community that is currently lacking in environmental education. Our theater is committed to being a part of community environmental awareness, and this program is our way of actively working toward change through a creative and interactive process. With BGT, we are introducing a new model for arts spaces to provide community-driven green initiatives that serve a global cause.

Directed by:
Jeremy Pickard

Production + Stage Manager:
Maria Portman Kelly*

Lighting and Sound design:
Jay Maury

Set design:
Michael Minahan

Costume design:
Preesa Bullington

5th grade students, age 10-11:

Jeremy Badia
Zukari Castillo
Emily Cordero
Dana Diallo
Bryana Diaz
Mariela Lopez
Devin Maldonado
Jailee Mendo
Brandon Miranda
Delmy Morales
Dolly Moriera
Adrianna Placzek

Flako Jimenez, Tina Mitchell, Katey Parker, Sam Traylor, Monica Santana, and Danny Gardner*

The BGT writing program took place at PS123 in Bushwick, lead by Teaching Artist Jeremy Pickard and supervised by 3rd grade teacher, Lauren Fahey

*Equity approved Showcase. Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

**This production was created using only green theater methods (recycled materials for sets and costumes, fluorescent and LED lighting, paperless programming and ticketing, etc.).


Target Margin Theater's 0,2012:m
The Last Futurist Lab
 | Open: 03/16/12 Close: 04/07/12
0,2012: The Last Futurist Lab is presented by The Bushwick Starr and curated by TMT Managing Director John Del Gaudio and Associate Artist Kate Marvin. In early 20th century Russia, young poets, directors, dancers and artists of every kind brought thrilling new challenges to the arts: wave after wave of experimentation and rebellion produced the highest gross tonnage of creative steel worldwide. 0,2012: The Last Futurist Lab explores the Russian Avant-Garde, aiming to find the literary hooligan in us all.

$12 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until March 9th! After that time, ticket price will resume at $15.

The "TMT Laboratory: 0,2012: The Last Futurist Lab" schedule at The Bushwick Starr is:


March 16 at 7:30 p.m., March 17 at 9:30 p.m., March 22 at 7:30 p.m., and March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

POZHAR! (or Time Machine Ignition)
Lead Artists: Maia Karo & Kate Marvin
Mayakovsky and Meyerhold combine and combust, burning the wreath of cheap fame made of bathhouse switches! Manifestos, plays, and poems set aflame by a movement of movement. What's a Futurist? I don't know. I never heard of such a thing.

Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms)*
Lead Artist: Eliza Bent
A bizarre physical score is set to the equally strange micro-fictions of Russian avant-gardist Daniil Kharms. This movement heavy adaptation creates a Russian village while investigating the absurdities of life in Stalinist Russia (and other totalitarian states) with deadpan cheek and aplomb.


March 17 at 7:30 p.m., March 20 at 7:30 p.m., March 23 at 9:30 p.m., and March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Gray Notebook**
by Alexander Vvedensky
translated by Matvei Yankelevich
Lead Artist: Corinne Donly
"If we experience wild non-understanding we will know that no one will be able to counter it with clarity." A bringing to life of Alexander Vvedenksy's dense (but transcen-dense) musings on death and time.

The What Dance
Lead Artist: Eben Hoffer
Packed up: Daniil Kharms, and a lifetime's desire to live without talking, and we set forth all astride a small camel towards home. How clearly can we tell a story without being clear about what the story is? Rooted in physicality and live sound, strange masks and sailing expeditions, three tales of growing up in specific bodies.


March 18 at 7:30 p.m., March 21 at 7:30 p.m., March 23 at 7:30 p.m., and March 24 at 9:30 p.m.

The 2012 puppet re-enactment of the 1920 Bolshevik re-enactment of the STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE, October 1917
Lead Artist: Kathleen Kennedy Tobin
Toward the end of the revolutionary year of 1917, the Bolsheviks overthrew the provisional government in Saint Petersburg and took control of the nation. Three years later, they commemorated their triumph with a massive on-site spectacle in front of and inside the Winter Palace, which we recreate here in miniature form.

Man in a Black Coat
by Inessa Zaretsky (after a story by Daniil Kharms)
Lead Artist: Philip Shneidman
An original chamber opera about a private encounter between a man and a woman that is interrupted by a mysterious man in a black coat. First developed in 2009 by little OPERA, the story exemplifies the terror and uncertainty of the Soviet Era.


March 29 at 7:30 p.m., March 30 at 9:30 p.m., April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Bedbug
by Vladimir Mayakovsky
Lead Artist: Maggie Robinson
Check your sheets! Check your mattress! Check your government issued work visa Comrade in order to prepare for the coming of THE BEDBUG. Spoiler alert: It travels through time.

Words Express
Lead Artist: Kristan Seemel
How about a cubosupremofuturistbeyondsense theater-machine cranked all the way up to 11? The blurring speed of abstraction? The speed of the Future? Buba. Buba. Buba. Ui. Just don't let it get you bent out of shape!


March 30 at 7:30 p.m., March 31 at 9:30 p.m., April 5 at 7:30 p.m., and April 6 at 9:30 p.m.

Time and Death... A dream play
Lead Artist: Chinasa Ogbuagu
Death Variations or Everybody Hangs! or It's All Fun & Games Until You Die From Hanging OR Something About Theater...AND We All Get It In the End

A Futurist publication performance by Alexei Kruchenykh
Lead Artist: William Burke
A ZAUMy pistolly, bombidity punkidity concertidyish performadity designed to bring claridity and calamidity to your life force. You're Welcome. DRAVD BAR PA!


March 31 at 7:30 p.m., April 3 at 7:30 p.m., April 6 at 7:30 p.m., and April 7 at 9:30 p.m.

The Puppet Show
by Alexander Blok
Lead Artist: Carolyn Mraz
A poet, a scholar, a pregnant woman, and GOD walk into a lyrical symbolist drama...

TROIKA, a concert-play
Lead Artist: Kristine Haruna Lee
Inspired by the weirdo imagination of OBERIU, which gained notoriety as the Soviet's last literary avant-garde. Boys prance and play in mythic dress-up alongside an original score, and Daniil Kharms himself unwinds into a nonsensical world of dreams trying to answer the question, "What is TROIKA?"

If you are interested in finding out about FREE EVENTS

occurring during the Lab, please visit or call 718-398-3095.

*Selections from Today I Wrote Nothing by Daniil Kharms, translated from the Russian by Matvei Yankelovich, © 2008, 2009, are performed by arrangement with The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc.

**Presented by special arrangement with Ugly Duckling Press


Evelyn  | Open: 02/21/12 Close: 03/10/12
A new piece by Nellie Tinder, "Evelyn" is the story of a film star committed to a mysterious mental health facility in the midst of a druidical wood. Told through noir/suspense narrative styling, and scored by a small live orchestra that draws on the movie houses of old, Evelyn is a darkly classic story of the stranger who infiltrates a closed society and tears it apart.