The East Village’s cultural institutions are taking it to the streets again, as the details of two big outdoor arts festivals were announced today.
Theater for the New City is preparing to kick off its annual Summer Street Theater Tour, which has been bringing free outdoor theater to low-income communities since the 1970s. This year they’ll be hitting up neighborhoods in all five boroughs, including Bed-Stuy, the South Bronx, Jackson Heights, Coney Island, Harlem, West New Brighton, and the East Village.
On August 3 at 2 p.m., TNC will close down the block in front of its building on East 10th Street for the premiere of “Sanitation,” with a BBQ to follow. Passersby will be able to pull up a lawn chair or milk crate to watch the eco-friendly musical about three Lower East Side sanitation workers who scrounge together their savings to take a cruise to the Caribbean, only to get sidetracked by Hurricane Sandy. (If you want to help keep the show free, donate here).
Six blocks away on East 4th Street, the “one-day-only arts explosion” that is the FAB! Festival hits the sidewalk on September 28. Three stages (two outdoors and one inside the Fourth Arts Block space) will feature performances by local opera singers the Bowery Birds, a reading from The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman, and a performance of Ink Spilled in Cursive, a fusion of painting and dancing inspired by the work of Spanish poet (and Bushwick mural inspiration) Federico Garcia Lorca.
There will also be “guerrilla performances” at any time on any given street corner by performance art troupes like The Movement Party and Friends. Stop by both to soak up the end-of-summer street art.