Barber Shop Chronicles at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Posted on: 3rd December 2019
Barber Shop Chronicles makes its New York debut at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Following a successful six stop United Kingdom tour, Barber Shop Chronicles continues its extensive run by returning to North America. This production will play December 3rd to the 8th at the Harvey Theatre, as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival 2019.
The Next Wave Festival has “permanently changed the artistic landscape, featuring breakout performances and landmark productions” since it’s conception in 1981 by Brooklyn Academy of Music president and executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein.
Fuel continues to produce the prolific work of poet/playwright Inua Ellams. Recently Inua has been quoted in the New York Times discussing his hit play: “What I think audiences were screaming out for were shows that showed black men as they were. We’re entirely complex beings, and the play just showed the complexity without any apology at all.”
The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.
Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play, that leaps from barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra over the course of a single day.
Directed by Bijan Sheibani; Design by Rae Smith; Lighting Design by Jack Knowles; Sound Design by Gareth Fry; Movement Directed by Aline David.
Barber Shop Chronicles is a Fuel, National Theatre, and Leeds Playhouse co-production. This New York presentation has been made possible by the British Council.