Over fifty years ago, Sunset Park’s population was made up of Irish, Italian, German and Nordic peoples. Currently the community is made up of a Hispanic population that has been thriving for over four decades. Pushing in is the second largest Chinatown in New York City and a rising tide of middle-class, who, displaced from Manhattan, Park Slope, and other pricey Brooklyn neighborhoods, are seeking affordable rent in an area not far from the city.
Originating out of a Fulbright Grant, Dispersal: A Gentrification Story is a site-specific, audience interactive production created from a collaboration between the citizens of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and a core group of professional actors, artists and designers. The production will take place in Sunset Park throughout the month of October 2019, and will celebrate the life and history of the neighborhood and its people.
the purpose of this production is to understand and engage with the myriad voices of the diverse residents of Sunset Park. Our performance will hopefully not only increase community involvement and interest in the area, but will also serve to educate and inform audience members about the history and impact of gentrification in Brooklyn as a whole.