by Jessica Blank and April Yvette Thompson
by Jessica Blank
Performed by April Yvette Thompson
– Antje Ellermann
Costume Consultant – Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design – David Lander
Sound Design – Jane Shaw
Video Design – Tal Yarden
Associate Video Design – Keith Skretch
79 East 4th Street, located between Bowery and Second Avenue
in the East Village.
Single tickets, $45.00 each.
CheapTix Sundays, $20.00 (all tickets for all Sunday evening
performances at 7:00pm; tickets are available in advance and
must be purchased in person, with cash only at the NYTW box
Student tickets, $20.00 (tickets are available in advance and
must be purchased in person with valid student ID at the NYTW
Limit one ticket per ID).
Liberty City: a place where people of the African Diaspora
have settled; where urban and island cultures rub up against
each other, and the site of Miami's infamous 1980 riots. Enter
April Yvette Thompson--a child of children of the 60's, the
daughter of a Bahamian and Cuban father and an African American
mother: free thinkers, young radicals and movement people. As
the hope of the 60's and 70's gave way to the disillusionment
and disintegration of the 80's, April's family struggled to
survive and stay together. Part history, part imagination,
Liberty City is her personal story that illuminates the
lives of one family through the context of social, cultural,
and political events.
First preview, Friday, February 15; opening night, Tuesday,
March 4; final performance, Sunday, March 16, 2008.
Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday
at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
There is no matinee on Saturday, Feb 16; Sunday, Feb 17;
Saturday, March 1
There will be a performance on Monday, March 3 at 8pm
Tuesday, February 19; Tuesday Feb 26; and Wednesday, March 12
(Left to right) Jessica Blank, April Yvette
Farah Jasmine Griffin, April
NYTW, Rehearsal Studio
(83 E. 4th Street, third floor)
January 29th at 7pm
A panel discussion exploring the social and political
conditions that fueled the 1980 Miami riots and the
larger picture of black activism in the latter half
of the twentieth century will feature Jessica Blank,
co-author and director of Liberty City; April Yvette
Thompson, co author and performer of Liberty City; Dr.
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor of English and Comparative
Literature and African-American Studies and Director
of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies
at Columbia University; and, April Silver, a social
entrepreneur, community leader, and writer who founded
Akila Worksongs, a Brooklyn-based organization that
provides consulting services to artists and activists.
to a recording of the discussion
recording from Tuesday Feb. 19th.
recording from Tuesday Feb. 26th.