Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Home in the Streets

Two years ago, faced with our company’s pending ‘homelessness’, I was feeling pretty down. Sometimes having a small theater company is a bit like what I imagine it must feel like to run a small farm. Time doesn’t really build … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet – thinking about tragedy

I’m not much of a tragedy lover. First, tragedy upsets me. It even kind of scares me. And second, I’m always thinking about how there was a way out. How it didn’t have to end up a tragedy. Of course … Continue reading

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A modern day ‘Bowery Boy’

Eric Ferrara has got to love the Lower Eastside. First, his roots are here. He’s a fourth generation native New Yorkers, and a true product of the Lower East Side melting pot: his ancestors arrived in New York City from … Continue reading

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‘Monk Eastman’

By 1900, Eastman and his gang had laid claim to all of the Lower Eastside. An excerpt from Herbert Asbury’s “Gangs of New York” “.. He began life with a bullet-shaped head, and during his turbulent career acquired a broken … Continue reading

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Timothy D. Sullivan – a legend erased by time

“I believe in liberality. I never ask a hungry man about his past. I feed him, not because he is good, but because he needs food.” – Tim Sullivan Isn’t it remarkable that a man who embodied everything, both good … Continue reading

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The Bowery Wars – Part 1

“I am a thorough New Yorker and have no narrow prejudices.” – Timothy D. Sullivan, congressman and leader of Tammany Hall We’re getting ready to open a new music-theater piece – THE BOWERY WARS – Part 1 of a two … Continue reading

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Excerpt from ‘The Waistmakers’ Opera’

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