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January 17, 2021
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Atlantic Yards Theater

By Lisa M. Collins

Through Dec. 11: The battle over Bruce Rattner’s high rise complex and New York Nets stadium, The Barclay Center, at The Atlantic Yards ended with the recession and mostly unsuccessful lawsuits against the project. Now The Civilians theater group is producing a play about the fight, In the Footprint, at the Irondale Center in Ft. Greene.

The New Yorker featured the production in its weekly roundup of things to do, but The Brooklyn Paper didn’t much like it, and The Village Voice also seemed unimpressed. But for locals who watched the saga unfold and will soon be impacted by the additional traffic, shade, business, jobs and excitement of a big local basketball stadium, this might be a must-see.

The screenwriters spent two years interviewing the players involved, including residents of Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene, politicians Letitia James and Marty Markowitz, union members and project supporters. Markowitz appears in the play as a talking basketball.

In the Footprint

By the Civilians

Irondale Center

85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn


Adults, $35; seniors and students, $20

Until Dec. 11

Tues. to Sat., 8 p.m.

Mon. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

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