Last summer, seeking antidotes to the isolation artists were feeling, we asked some where they lived, found colleagues within walking or biking distance, and connected ’em up! One group of four — Rachel Gita Karp, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Emerie Snyder, and Dina Vovsi — met in Fort Greene Park. They decided to make something. Now that something is here!
An audio-theatrical journey through Fort Greene, the same Brooklyn neighborhood where they met up last summer. Using physical distance and aural intimacy, EXITS connects you with beloved community spaces we’ve departed because of COVID-19 and beyond.
4 lead artists, 4 stories: experience the aural shadow of BAM’s DanceAfrica Bazaar from the mind of a child; ride the Fulton Street Elevated Rail Line through time, space, love, loss, and healing; explore the longing for human touch from a book’s perspective at Greenlight Bookstore; and tune in to a time-traveling radio show to hear callers who’ve visited one particular block of South Portland Avenue throughout history.
- The BAM DanceAfrica Bazaar Was/Is Here!
written by Deneen Reynolds-Knott
directed by Rebecca Martínez
voiced by Donovan Knott
conceived and directed by Rachel Gita Karp
written by Jason Gray Platt
voiced by Yonatan Gebeyehu, Marianna McClellan, and Merlin Whitehawk
with Marc Atkinson Borrull, Danaya Esperanza, Aubyn Heglie, Ben Hoover, Rachel Gita Karp, and Rory Kulz
performed by Marianna McClellan and Merlin Whitehawk
- A View From The Shelves
at Greenlight Bookstore
created by Dina Vovsi and Ran Xia
written by Ran Xia
directed by Dina Vovsi
voiced by Ashley Nicole Baptiste, J. Stephen Brantley, Ollie Corchado, Vince Ryne, Lipica Shah, and Joel Stigliano
- Ephemeral FM
created by Emerie Snyder
voiced by Amy Miyako, with appearances by Alton Alburo, Susan Bennett, Nick DePinto, Esther Geiger, Alinca Hamilton, Donovan Knott, Jenna Krasowski, Isaiah Seward, Emerie Snyder, Joel Snyder, and Lina Younes
Experience EXITS as self-guided soundwalk OR site-specific live performance!
For your ears alone: available for FREE starting September 30, 2021: see website.
For the whole of you, walking through the neighborhood, September 30 to October 4: reserve tickets here
The live performance begins on the steps of BAM, then takes you down Lafayette Avenue, down Fort Greene Place, along Hanson Place, down into and back up from the Lafayette C station (no fare required!), across the street to Greenlight Bookstore, and then up South Portland Avenue. Whew!
(download soundwalk, see maps, all of it!)
EXITS is a participant in New Georges’ Supported Productions program, in which we provide mentoring, resources, and an institutional platform to our artists who are producing their work independently. EXITS is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps, and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.