The Cradle will Rock is playing at Theater1010 in a church on the Upper East Side. This musical was originally directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman for the Federal Theatre Project during the Depression. I had always wanted to see this musical and as a member of a union, I really wanted to see it.
This production is Off Off Broadway in a church on Park at 84th Street. Off Off Broadway is always less expensive and more immediate. You are actually sitting with the actors in this case. If you can afford full price, buy a ticket from the link for the theater and you will be seated first. I recommend sitting on the longer sides of the action so you don’t have the spotlights in your eyes as much (it really isn’t a problem - I sat with the spots).
For those of you who are familiar with TKTS, Theater Development Fund also supports Off Off Broadway with 9 dollar vouchers.You buy them in groups of four. Anyone can buy them. When you make your reservation by phone at the theater, tell them you are using a TDF voucher. You won’t be seated until the full price tickets are seated but you will be seated if there are seats - especially if you’ve made a reservation.
While in the neighborhood, you might want to visit the NYU Institute for Study of the Ancient World. The Institute is at 15 East 84th Street, between the theater and The Met. There’s a very interesting exhibit at the Institute about Old Europe. Artifacts have been found along the Danube that date to 5 thousand BC. Unfortunately, there is no written record of these cultures so archaeologists and historians are trying to piece together information any way they can. This exhibit ends on April 25, 2010.
One of the best New York City guide books was written during the Depression of the last century - The WPA Guide to New York City. This book is still in print and it is a great work that was written and illustrated by out of work writers and photographers.
The Red Leather Diary is a recently published book about a 5 year diary that was filled in every day from 1929-1934 by a young woman who had received the diary as a gift. Long story, you’ll have to read the book but the diary was found in a dumpster outside the author’s apartment and the author actually found the diary’s author who is now in her nineties.
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