Legislative Theatre: Apartment Complex
In Apartment Complex, New Yorkers struggle to get and keep safe and affordable housing when the landlord decides that rent stabilization and housing vouchers are standing in the way of profits. Apartment Complex was created and performed by the Housing Works Theatre Troupe, based on the real life experiences of the actors.
Join us for an Advocacy Fair at 5:30pm, show at 6:30pm.
What’s Legislative Theatre?
WATCH original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences.
ACT on stage to brainstorm alternatives to the problems presented. Jokers open the stage to Spect-actors to rehearse new ideas. Everyone writes their ideas on notecards that are processed and sorted by the Policy Advisory Team.
VOTE with government representatives. Policy-makers present proposals based on the collected ideas. The crowd debates each idea. All present vote on the proposals. If the majority of people accept the idea as presented, the government representatives make a promise to act on those ideas after leaving the theatre.
One hour before a Legislative Theatre show, audience members meet with community partners and activists to get prepared to engage on the issues being presented.
This latest Legislative Theatre show, we’re piloting new ways to engage the audience in this participatory process, and through intense preparation and ideation, engage our actors to further craft the event to be more accountable to the communities we partner with. Our Housing Works Theatre Troupe has been workshopping and performing Apartment Complex throughout the city since Spring 2017, and the actors have personally identified the ways that issues of housing security and housing injustices can be impacted by new policy. Join us!
Event funded in part by the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201