A History of Launching Ships
BLDG 92 (63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn)
$18 in advance
BLDG 92 hosts our first-ever theatrical production!
In the winter of 1779, a woman named Elizabeth Burgin defied New York City’s British occupiers by helping hundreds of patriots escape from prison ships anchored offshore of what is now the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With a bounty on her head, she fled the city. A HISTORY OF LAUNCHING SHIPS, joins Burgin during her flight from the British and places her in the middle of a fantastical tale that echoes the gothic stories of Washington Irving. The play, commissioned by Polybe + Seats, tells the story of the three women who take Burgin in and hide her. Each woman seeks an escape from her own reality, and, together, they realize that the only way to freedom might be on a ship they build themselves.
A HISTORY OF LAUNCHING SHIPS was written for the unique environment of BLDG 92. Audiences will be lead through three-floors over the course of the performance, stopping to watch scenes among BLDG 92’s exhibits.
Playwright Avi Glickstein has used the story of real-life Revolutionary heroine Elizabeth Burgin and archival materials from the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s collection as a jumping-off point to create a uniquely American, ghostly tale of his own that echoes the Yard’s history as a center of innovation, reinvention, and sacrifice in service of a larger purpose.