Play by Peter Dizozza Directed by John
Fri & Sat. Mar. 15, 16, 22 & 23 8:00 P.M. Admission $6
It tells the story of two boys, both thirteen, one, the ghost, tempting the other to join him. It will run on the third floor of the WAH Center, the theatre wing.
From the Playwrite & Producer Peter Dizzoza:
"The following paragraphs deal with my creative contributions to the WAH Center, and touch upon only a fraction of the events that happen there.
"The Brooklyn Museum of Art meets the Brooklyn Academy of Music at a unique multifaceted art center, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) housed in the Kings County Savings Bank Building, a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. I first visited the WAH Center, during an evening introducing the music of Michael Arenella, then conductor of the Williamsburg Chamber Orchestra. His trombone themes conjured a modern vision of New York through a 1940's sensibility, permeating into the view of the Williamsburg Bridge from one of the high windows, and as they did, I wondered what kind of resonantly haunted house had I entered?
"In 1999 the WAH Center hosted its Apocalypse Series. 125 artists from around the world contributed fantastic art that filled the building from the basement to the attic. Various theatrical events supplemented the exhibit, including the revival of my 1996 musical mystery play, "Prepare to Meet Your Maker." In 13 songs, 8 dances, innumerable characters and scene changes, we told the love story of Quasimodo, a gravedigger, and his exquisite corpse, Cementeria, as they tour the world religions and generally wreak havoc in their search for home within a pearly gated community called The Ordered World. Synopses of the story have run as long as the show itself. Accompanied by a three-piece band, a large cast enacted the edgy story under the direction of Tyr Throne. The show ran for fourteen more performances in various venues in Manhattan with a soundtrack recording of its score recorded at Electric Lady Studios currently in production.
"In the year 2000 we brought my musical, "The Last Dodo," which I originated that year in La MaMa's Experiments reading series, to the WAH Center, wherein a safari hunter and his exotic discovery comfortably inhabited the Explorer's Club atmosphere of the building. It was amazing, later that year, to visit PS1 and find that its exhibit included a gothic mansion much like the WAH Center enclosing a giant dodo bird. It was called, "The Dodo Museum,"and, for our two performances in October, 2000, that's what the WAH Center had become. The Last Dodo ran for fourteen more performances in other venues; its soundtrack is produced by Aashish Pathak; and filming commenced in June of 2001.
"As of 2001, I am appointed and have the honor of occupying the WAH Center position of Theatre Director, which leaves me open to suggestions for use of the space in the discipline of theatre. I can be reached at 917-915-7635."