Canal to Coast: Noah’s Arc
In a staged reading of a work in progress, noted downtown artist Joanie Fritz Zosike examines the life of Mordecai Manuel Noah, 19th-century diplomat, playwright, and reputed visionary, who attempted to institute a sanctuary homeland for Jews on an island off Buffalo. Fritz Zosike views this story through a present day perspective, focusing on Noah’s relationships with slavery, Native Americans, and the politics of his time and ours.
Noah’s Arc is a stranger than fiction story of Philadelphia diplomat and playwright Mordecai Noah, and his vision for a Jewish homeland at the inland end of the Erie Canal. Downtown theatre stalwart Zosike takes us on the journey of Noah’s inspiration, struggle, and defeat in this work in progress that views Noah’s vision for a New Jerusalem and empathy for the oppressed through a modern lens.
Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters is a program of the Waterfront Alliance made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This series of performances will take place aboard Lehigh Valley no. 79, a 104 year old Lehigh Valley Railroad barge moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In addition to performances, Canal to Coast will offer boat tours focused on Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn and its role in helping the Erie Canal make New York City a world capital. Tickets to performances will cost $2 (plus processing fee) each. Boat ride tickets will cost $5 each (plus processing fee)
About the Artist
Joanie Fritz Zosike performs in the US and abroad with The Living Theatre and DADAnewyorkDADAnynyDADA, a dada-surrealist theatre company, and is co-director/co-founder of Action Racket Theatre (ART). Her writing appears in Women in American Theatre, Between Ourselves: Letters Between Mothers and Daughters, Ides (15 poetry chapbooks by 15 poets), 11/9: the Fall of American Democracy, and Subliminal Messages, among other publications.
This performance features Robert Hieger in the role of Mordecai Manuel Noah.
290 Conover Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231