Behind the Curtain: The Birth of BroadwayThursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Eastern)
Behind the Curtain is a unique look at New York City’s earliest theaters—the birth of Broadway—through images of its locations, its builders and managers, and the actors who made history on its stages. Join downtown theater-maker Ralph Lewis of Peculiar Works Project for a virtual tour up Broadway and the Bowery from Lower Manhattan to Astor Place.
EAG will be taking a peek Behind the Curtain with downtown theater-maker Ralph Lewis for a unique look at New York City’s earliest theaters. Through this virtual tour of the beginnings of Broadway, audiences will be introduced to images of its locations, its builders and managers, and the actors who made history on its stages.
Part storytelling, part history lesson, part personal revelation, Behind the Curtain is the down-n-dirty story of how the Great White Way was born and is tailor-made for anyone interested in American popular theater and its NYC history.
All proceeds from this special one-night-only performance will go to support the charitable programs of EAG. For nearly 100 years, EAG has been providing emergency financial aid and career support to New York City’s professional performing artists in need.
text and narration: RALPH LEWIS
William Knight Northall: DAN LANE WILLIAMS
dramaturgy: BARBARA YOSHIDA
direction: JASON JACOBS
maps: JANE PARISI
animation: BARRY ROWELL
producers: RALPH LEWIS, CATHERINE PORTER, BARRY ROWELL
Our Peculiar Works projects are being made possible with public funds from NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), and private funds from The Ken Glickfeld and Kris Hall Foundation, the Dime Community Bank Fund for NYC Theatres, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), the Mental Insight Foundation, and the Indie Theater Fund's Big Mini Give and Take.