Free Shadow Puppet Shows Enliven Brooklyn Community Gardens & Parks this Fall
Midnight Radio Show takes audiences of all ages on a magical journey exploring nature in Brooklyn’s lesser-known green spaces
Brooklyn, NY. August 2014. Midnight Radio Show (MRS), a Brooklyn-based shadow puppet and fairytale theater company, is proud to announce the launch of “Twilight in the Garden Shadow Shows” a series of free, family-friendly performances in parks and community gardens throughout the borough this autumn. The series is funded in part by a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and presented in collaboration with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), with the shared goals of making performance art more accessible; raising awareness of and further activating Brooklyn’s network of public green spaces; and bringing local community members of all ages together to enjoy free performing arts events in a natural, outdoor setting.
Taking place at dusk, all shows present original fairytales expressed through delicate shadows manipulated on a screen with live piano accompaniment and narration. Join MRS founder, Charlotte Lily Gaspard (AKA Miss C.) and Company as these exquisitely hand-crafted two-dimensional puppets come to life through enchanting theatrical narrative and original score, transporting adults and children alike into the magical fairytale realm. By turning these outdoor public spaces into interactive event venues, MRS will increase awareness of community gardens and parks as resources for local communities and the wider NYC audience, and encourage community members to experience the magic of nature in their local green spaces.
Performances will take place in the parks and gardens of several Brooklyn neighborhoods—Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, East New York, DUMBO—with opening and closing performances in Bedford-Stuyvesant on August 28th and October 4th respectively. Five event locations are a part of NYRP’s network of 52 community gardens.
To learn more and for a complete schedule of shows, please visit http://www.midnightradioshow.org.
These events are sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
FULL SCHEDULE :
**Performances take place at dusk--magic hour--approximately 7:45pm, and are free and for all!**
Thursday, August 28: NYRP’s Greene Acres Community Garden (Bed-Stuy)
322 Franklin Avenue, between Clifton Place & Greene Avenue
The Adventures of Puccini, the Prince of Dreams, begin when he leaves home for the first time.
Friday, September 12: NYRP’s Heckscher Community Garden (Williamsburg)
134 Scholes Street, between Manhattan Avenue & Graham Avenue
Captain Mira and her brother Paolo are in danger when they sail too close to Mermaids.
Saturday, September 13: NYRP’s Decatur Community Garden (Bushwick)
1052 Decatur Street, between Bushwick Avenue & Evergreen Avenue
The Farmer and the Sea Captain meet for the first time during a great storm.
Saturday, September 20: Fort Greene Park (check website for map)
The Princess escapes from her tower with the help of the birds.
Sunday, September 21: NYRP’s Hendrix Community Garden (East NY)
532 Hendrix Street, between Blake Avenue & Dumont Avenue
Puccini, the Prince of Dreams, finds a few unlikely companions for his quest.
September 26 - 28: DUMBO Arts Festival
Various Locations, TBA.
Space Pirates and a very angry Dragon search for the same treasure.
Friday, October 3: Prospect Park (check website for map)
How Cats and Birds united to save Magic.
Saturday, October 4: NYRP’s Target BK Community Garden (Bed-Stuy)
931 Bedford Avenue, between Willoughby Avenue & DeKalb Avenue
The Story of the Orb, and how Fairies are born.
ABOUT MIDNIGHT RADIO SHOW
Founded by Charlotte Lily Gaspard (AKA Miss C.) in 2013, Midnight Radio Show (MRS) is a Brooklyn-based theater company whose work is inspired by the creation of new fairytales and the artistry of shadow puppets. MRS blends visual art, live music, and the oral tradition of storytelling to create family-friendly theatrical experiences of bedtime stories coming to life. Exploring themes of courage, love, responsibility, and adventure, MRS fairytales are populated with magical creatures. Travel through space with a brave, intelligent cat; sail the high seas and encounter mermaids; learn how fairies are born, as Midnight Radio Show creates a universe filled with wonder and discovery.
ABOUT BAC'S COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
BAC Community Arts Grants help fund project-based work by individual artists and nonprofit organizations in all artistic disciplines, and support capacity building for Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations. Grants are made possible through the generous support of the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the New York City Council, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
BAC is the borough’s leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. BAC reaches hundreds of thousands of artists and audience members each year through music, dance, film and visual arts programs, web-based directories and communities, arts education, urban folk arts initiatives, grants, training programs and artists services.
ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT (NYRP)
Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP is the only New York City conservancy that works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. NYRP is also the leading private partner of the City of New York in MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2015. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.
Charlotte Lily Gaspard | Midnight Radio Show
Anne Tan | PR Officer, NYRP