It’s always fascinating to be a small piece of an enormous work, such as This is Reading. For months, you hear bits and bobs about the grand scheme but focus only on your tiny piece. This past weekend, we saw it all come together at Franklin Street Station.
“Let Me Ascertain You: The Civilians Podcast Series” launches with an investigation into Atlantic Yards, the largest development project in Brooklyn’s history. In our inaugural episode, we look at the people who championed and fought the development of Atlantic Yards, the site that will eventually house the Barclays Center. Here, actors Aysan Celik, Colleen Werthmann, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Billy Eugene Jones bring to life transcripts of interviews with bloggers, local business owners, residents and activists — all of whom have something to say about what is lost and what is earned when we transform space. Also, composer Michael Friedman shares two songs he wrote from the interviews: “White People” and “The Four Brooklyns.”
The material presented in this podcast was collected for the Civilians’ play “In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards,” which was included in year-end Top 10 lists by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York.
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