LIBERTY Or JUST US
A City Parks Story
Written and Directed by Crystal Field, Composed by Joseph Vernon Banks
Cast: Matthew Angel, JC Augustin, Alexander Bartenieff, Celeste Bradsher, Celestina Bradsher, Crystal Field*, Cheryl Gadsden, Michael-David Gordon*, Sam Gutierrez, Ben Harburg, Dan Kelley, Terry Lee King, T. Scott Lilly*, Mark Marcante*, Jessy Ortiz, Allison Patrick, Christopher Pereyra, Emily Pezzella, Justin Rodriguez, Michael Sanders, Ebonaya Smallwood, Natasha Velez, Juan Villegas, Lei Zhou
“LIBERTY Or JUST US, A City Park Story” is an oratorio that honors New York City parks for being sites of activism for many 20th and 21st century progressive causes, from the Triangle Shirtwaist protests to Occupy Wall Street. It revisits these movements through the eyes of a contemporary Parks Manager in songs featuring him and the multi-ethnic, multi-abled ensemble. The piece celebrates the idea that the USA can be a country of all its people, that moral aspiration can be reinvented to harness energy to overcome our problems, and that our vision can focus on dignity rather than power, equality rather than wealth and solidarity rather than competition. The audience is invited to sing along, both in new songs and in new lyrics for old tunes.