Green-Wood Cemetery announces summer play
by Jess Berry
May 14, 2014 | 610 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amanda Brooklyn, who will play Emily, and Cory Asinofsky, who will play George. (Photo: Hunter Canning)
Amanda Brooklyn, who will play Emily, and Cory Asinofsky, who will play George. (Photo: Hunter Canning)
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A Brooklyn-tweaked production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town will be coming to Historic Green-Wood Cemetery for three weeks in June.

The famous three-act play explores themes of love, marriage, death and dying, but this version will feature a diverse cast and distinctly urban music, composed for the show by acclaimed classical composer Brendan Fox.

“Producing Our Town at Green-Wood Cemetery instantly taps into the location’s sense of place and history,” director and playwright James Presson said. “Our innovative staging will utilize Green-Wood’s unique geography, including trees, pathways, hills, the visible skyline and monuments themselves, as we create an environment reminiscent of the ‘town’ and the Grover’s Corners cemetery.”

Presson has had plenty of experience adapting classic plays to modern times. He was the youngest winner ever at 19 years old of the best director award at FringeNYC, which he was awarded for his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, called Richard 3.

Presson will be joined by Nora McNally to head the production team, and the play is being presented in partnership with the Green-Wood Historic Fund.

“Just as Our Town celebrates the beauty of life and the importance of memorials and memory, at Green-Wood, we honor the life stories of our permanent residents through innovative and exciting public programs, performances and events,” Green-Wood President Richard Moylan said. “We are thrilled to host this new production of Our Town and look forward to a successful run.”

The talented cast consists of a few Brooklyn natives, including leads Amanda Brooklyn and Cory Asinofsky, who will be playing the roles of Emily and George.

Shows will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays, June 11 through the 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays will also feature a midnight showing. Ticket prices range from $30 to $40.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Green-Wood Cemetery website or call (718) 210-3080.

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