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In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards

January 24, 2012, Volume 58, No. 19

Footprint imageThe Civilians In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards now through January 28 in Annenberg Center's Harold Prince Theatre: January 24, 7 p.m.; January 25, 7:30 p.m.; January 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Hailed by the New York Times as "fresh, inventive and entertaining," and included in the "Best of 2010" theatre lists of the New York Times, New Yorker and Time Out New York, In the Footprint examines the conflicts that erupted in the case of Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn's largest development project in history. Discover how the fate of a city is often decided in the present day and see what can be learned from this ongoing saga of politics, money and the places we call home. Constructed from interviews with real life players in this Brooklyn controversy, including local residents, business owners, political leaders such as Letitia James and Marty Markowitz, activists, union members and project supporters, this play melds music and dialogue to promote curiosity about the world and engagement with some of the most vital questions of our time.

Post-show talk back January 24; stay after tonight's performance for a talk with members of the company and Susan Yeh of Penn Law.

Post-show chat January 28; stay after the performance for a talk with members of the cast alongside members of Philadelphia's own Pig Iron Theatre Company. This conversation will be hosted by Penn theatre professor, Marcia Ferguson.

Megaprojects: Can we balance individual and social good? January 31, 7 p.m. in Annenberg Center, Room 511; free for In the Footprint ticket holders; a public forum and discussion featuring community members, stakeholders and developers with ties in Philadelphia, moderated by journalist Heshimu Jaramoji and organized by Harris Steinberg, executive director, Penn Praxis and Harris Sokoloff, director, Penn Project for Civic Engagement, both central figures in the Delaware Riverfront Planning Process. Notable panelists include former Mayor John Street, Bart Blatstein, the developer behind the Northern Liberties boom, Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development, City of Philadelphia and Chris Satullo, WHYY.

Presented in collaboration with PennDesign; see inthefootprint.wordpress.com


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