A World Premiere
A new play written and performed by Rock WILK
Directed by reg e gaines
Featuring a live music ensemble.
An angel named Queen tells the tale of Esther, Jamal and Saint; three kids who grow up together in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
“The idea of theater is to create magic. Possessing courage to allow an audience freedom to imagine is magic’s main ingredient. Brooklyn Quartet is one of those rare moments where magic and metaphor leap from the lips of characters too cool to be cliche, yet too true not to be believed.”- reg e gaines (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk)
“I try to make art that disrupts things”- Rock WILK.
Brooklyn Quartet is a fictional tale that is bookmarked by the very real story of Sean Bell being shot to death in 2006 in an altercation with NYC Police officers. It is a story about 3 kids who grow up together in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, who become best friends; who love each other, and who eventually almost destroy one another, and is told by an angel named Queen. It is an exploration of how life treats each of them, both individually and collectively, over the course of 20 years, quite differently, simply because of who each of them are. Saint is black, Jamaal is white and Esther is Latina. The story is sprinkled with racism, sexism and white privilege, but mainly Brooklyn Quartet is a love story; a beautifully tragic love story.
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Rock WILK (writer and performer) – Rock is an award winning and multi disciplinary artist and performer. He has had the opportunity to share his work all over the world. He recently appeared in his first feature film, Jamesy Boy, which stars James Woods, Mary Louise Parker and Ving Rhames. After a 6 year journey of readings, workshops and festivals all around the world, Rock’s first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN had its official debut in 2012, and enjoyed an Off Broadway run at The New Theatre at 45th Street, for almost 4 months. Rock has spent the last 3 years developing his new play, Brooklyn Quartet, which is being directed by reg e gaines (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk).
reg e gaines (Director) is a Tony Award-nominated playwright and Grammy-nominated lyricist, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, a Heideman Award Finalist, The Beatles Killed Jazz, and winner of the 2003 Downtown Urban Theater Festival’s Best Play Award for Other Aspects. reg has four books of poetry including, The Original Buckwheat and Abstract Sax, and is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, A Year In Ink, Vol. 8. This former Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champ has read his poems on, The Arsenio Hall Show, Jon Stewart Show, MTV’s Spoken Word Un-Plugged, Woodstock ’94, MSNBC’s Edgewise and Seasons Four/ Five of HBO’s Def Poetry. He was recently commissioned to write and direct Through the Looking Glass by Center Theatre Group, a project designed to create theater in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Karim Rome (Soprano Saxophone) was born and educated in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a product of the Artist’s Collective and the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, both founded by Jackie McLean, and spent his formative years on the saxophone learning from René McLean. He has played in groups across Connecticut, as well as with Hassan Hakmoun.
Corey Garcia (Drums) Born and raised in Queens, New York, percussionist and composer Corey Garcia has been immersed in the New York jazz scene from a very young age. As a student at LaGuardia High School, he studied classical and jazz percussion and performed at venues such as the United Nations with a combo assembled by the Thelonious Monk Institute. Garcia and his compositions have appeared at several notable venues in the Northeast, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Side Door, and seeds::brooklyn. He currently studies jazz performance at the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT.
Leonardo Catricala (Upright Bass) is a rising bassist, composer, and educator in the Hartford, CT area. He graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music in May of 2015. During his time there he studied with renown musicians Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Rene McLean, and Abraham Burton. As a performer, Leonardo has played at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC and Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT. He is an active bassist in the CT jazz scene and performs regularly with future-soul group Broca’s Area and the Manchester Community Orchestra. Leonardo also teaches at the Artist Collective in Hartford, CT, a youth program for the arts founded by the late jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean.
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