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Paula Vogel, Chazz Palmentieri, Mummenschanz, and “Rodney King”


BRIC and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre, host a  work-in-progress reading of Indecent co-created by
director Rebecca Taichman and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.  Indecent is inspired by the controversy surrounding the 1922 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play considered by some to be a seminal work of Jewish culture, by others, an act of calumny.

The playwright, director and cast will be in residence at BRIC House, House located at
647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, from November 18–24, with the public reading scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 7pm. For tickets and information, visit .


Mummenschanz, the renowned theatrical troupe, whose three-year Broadway run introduced a new form of visual theatricality, returns to New York from November 20-30. The show, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place),  will feature some of the most popular sketches
created and performed by the internationally renowned troupe, as well as new creations– including a world premiere created especially for New York audiences.

Mummenschanz performs in silence,  using forms, shadow and light as well as sculptural manipulations and expressive masks to conjure a magical world, full of possibilities.  Their art is transcendent and sparks the imagination.

“When we return to New York, we always feel like we are coming home,” said founder and performer Floriana Frassetto. “The ‘stories’ we tell are unique in that
they have no sound or music and we hope that our show will awaken the little child in everyone.”

For more information about the New York tour of Mummenschanz, please visit

Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale helps the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continue its 60th Anniversary Season on November 23, 2014 at 3pm
In A Bronx Tale, Academy Award® nominee, Chazz Palminteri  tells the semi-autobiographical story of a young boy from a working class family who witnesses a murder and is introduced to the world of organized crime. This classic coming-of-age story premiered in Los Angeles
in 1989, moving to New York City for a critically and commercially successful off-Broadway run. The stage production attracted the attention of Robert De Niro, who offered to make the film as his directorial debut, while keeping Palminteri as a screenwriter and actor on the project. In 2007-08,  Palminteri brought the 18-character one man show back for another Broadway stint.

For tickets to this special performance at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, visit

Roger Guenveur Smith reprises his play and performance as Rodney King, after its New York premiere at the 2013 Under The Radar festival and an international tour at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn) from December 3rd through the 7th.

Roger Guenveur Smith has based his plays on historical events and characters from Huey P. Newton to Bob Marley and Frederick Douglass. In addition to his one man plays, Smith has been in films and on television, from Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” to “Hamlet,” “Deep Cover” and “American Gangster,” as well as on the series “K Street” and “Oz.”

To learn more about Rodney King, please visit


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