In a fine arts incidence of the reality-crossover, The Civilians have revolted. As reported by WNYC.org (1) “In The Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards,” has come out in strong criticism over the delay in this as yet uncompleted project.
If every bit of bureaucratic nonsense would get a musical adaptation of it, we’d all be humming perpetual tunes because the musical theatre would never stop. However “In The Footprint,” adds another dimension of drama-cum-realism, as all the productions dialogue as well as the lyrics to the musical numbers “are taken verbatim from interviews with 125 people.” These people are those directly affected by Atlantic Yards, residents, business owners, political leaders, activists, union members.
To add yet another layer of intensity these interviews were all conducted by the actors playing the roles. Greg McFadden plays a number of characters including Marty Markowitz and the architect of the project, Frank Gehry. McFadden was the one who spoke with all the people that he plays and said he “tried to absorb everything, from their beliefs to the rhythm of their voice.
“In The Footprint” runs until 12/11 at The Irondale in Fort Greene. Look for more from The Civilians and a possible extension of this show if Atlantic Yards doesn’t get its act together.