Set in Brooklyn in the post-Depression era, this new drama tells the story of an old Native woman, Nelly and her house, where she is surrounded by the detritus of the generations who came before her. More…
At the time there was a thriving Native American community in the Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill neighborhoods. The area was home to ironworkers from Kahnawake (Mohawk Nation) who came to build the Manhattan’s skyscrapers, as well as fine artists and performers seeking opportunities after the collapse of the once-popular Wild West Shows and rodeos. People from the community moved freely from home to home, visiting, sharing food, and telling stories from their particular Nations. 'Fear of Oatmeal' explores the belief in prophecy and the way that the displacement of working class communities changes neighborhoods.
"Not a show for everyone and certainly not for those with an Aristotelian focus on plot. It’s not a plot-heavy work, being much more about capturing a feeling, which it certainly does...The show is timely in addressing not only the ways that gentrification affects working-class communities, but in considering the lives of the elderly within those communities...Performances are strong and visuals compelling in this work, even if the final product is a little rough around the edges." Full Review
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