Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Episode 1: Atlantic Yards

Let Me Ascertain You: The Civilians Podcast Series launches with an episode featuring performances of interviews with Brooklynites about the controversy over the largest development project in Brooklyn's history.

The site where the new Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets) stadium is being built has been the source of extended and heated conflict, resulting in the enactment of eminent domain in New York State. This episode features the performance of interviews with Atlantic Yards bloggers, local business owners, residents, and activists, examining how the fate of Brooklyn and New York City is decided and what can be learned from this ongoing saga of politics, money, and the places we call home. The material was collected for the company's play In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, which was included in year-end Top 10 Theater lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York.

This episode features: Aysan Celik as a blogger, Colleen Werthmann as activist Patti Hagan, White People written by Michael Friedman and performed by Marsha Stephanie Blake, A scene at Levels Barbershop performed by Billy Eugene Jones and Marsha Stephanie Blake, and The Four Brooklyns written and performed by Michael Friedman

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