Theater In Asylum

The FTP Cabaret
Artistic Discipline: Multidisciplinary
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2022
Location: Red Hook

The FTP Cabaret is a night of theater, dance, music, and poetry inspired by the legacy of the Federal Theatre Project, the New-Deal-era jobs program that put thousands of theater artists back to work from 1935-1939. Together we will ask: What did American theater gain and/or lose in having publicly funded theater alongside the existing theater landscape? What role might curation and censorship play in a publicly funded theater company? What works of art got made and who decides? How could something like The Federal Theatre Project happen again? Should it? Prioritizing conversation and dialogue between artists, The FTP Cabaret will feature multiple intermissions and a cash bar at Red Hook’s beloved Jalopy Theater. Join us for a night of art and conversation on the history –and possible future– of The Federal Theatre Project.