Activating Stoops

Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places

This past October, David Greenspan and music director Jamie Lawrence performed songs from the songbook era on the stoop of a brownstone in Brooklyn for socially-distanced audiences gathered in the street below. Stefan Grybauskas from the NYC Street Activity Permits Office called this “a trailblazer for pop up cultural events to come.”

En Garde Arts plans to produce several more Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places events on stoops in Brooklyn later in 2021 and early in 2022.

David Greenspan sings on a stoop in October 2020.

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An Exciting Commission

Little Island has commissioned En Garde Arts to work with Tina Landau on developing a new piece inspired by the Stonewall riots and the following LGBTQ+ movement for their new space at Pier 55.

Workshop in 2021
Production in 2022


Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors and director Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match (Working Title) is a theatrical event that invites the audience into the journey of two families – one Lebanese and (mostly) Muslim, one Irish and (mostly) Catholic – being joined in marriage. As guests at the wedding, and witnesses to the families’ struggles before, during, and beyond, audiences are invited to eat, dance and engage in an immersive, interactive exploration of the challenges and joys of connecting across all kinds of borders.

Written by Leila Buck*
Developed & Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Dramaturgy by Salma Zohdi

Tamilla Woodard and Leila Buck (photo courtesy of Leila Buck)

*Fueled by improvisations with Melis Aker, Ali Andre Ali, Hend Ayoub, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Rawya El Chab, Gamze Ceylan, Evan Maltby, Pete McElligott, Victoria Nassif, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Heather Raffo, Jens Rasmussen, Amy Lynn Stewart and Rasha Zamamiri