Oye Group (formerly Brooklyn Gypsies) is an artist collective made up of New Yorkers both native and immigrant to the city. We present annual showcases of new work in theater, dance, poetry and film that spark dialogue on critical issues such as immigration, gentrification, economics, and urban survival. We curate a mix of established and emerging artists and give them a platform to share their art in a stimulating environment. Oye Group is a playground to celebrate what is unique about New York City’s eclectic and converging art communities.
This free seven-week workshop will help young writers discover the magic, fun and some would say craziness of the immortal bard through playwriting, adaptation, and performance. Students will work on breaking down Shakespeare’s King Lear, which they will then adapt for performance by adding street slang and modern English. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of the theater process and develop skills in acting, memorization, adaptation, staging, and performance while using their imagination to create cool, dynamic new characters based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. The workshop will culminate in a final performance at The Williamsburg Library in Williamsburg that will be free and open to the public.
Food & Metrocards will be provided to all students for the full program.
This program is brought to you in partnership with Spaceworks Williamsburg and Brooklyn Public Library. Shake On The Block is 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).
We present annual showcases of new work in theater, dance, poetry and film that spark dialogues on critical issues of immigration, economics, and urban survival. We curate a mix of established and emerging artists and give them a platform to explore complex issues in a stimulating environment. Oye Group is a playground to celebrate and share what is unique about Bushwick's converging arts communities.