Premiere: August 31, 2007
Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City, NY

Conceived & Directed by Ruth Maleczech
Lisa Gutkin, Composer

“Mabou Mines’ Song for New York is an ambitious and at times soaring love letter to New York City’s complex history. Mostly sung in a combination of Whitmanesque poetry and dry journalistic detail, the piece aims to create an epic as grand as the city itself.”
Tom Penketh – Backstage

“…nothing I have observed can compare for ingenuity with the new site-specific piece of the experimental Mabou Mines company.”
Brendan Lemon – Financial Times

S4NY on Youtube

Paul Kandel, Chorus Director
Gabrielle Malone, Choreographer

LYRICS

Migdalia Cruz, Bronx Song
Maggie Dubris, Manhattan Song
Nancy Groce, Yarns
Patricia Spears Jones, Brooklyn Song
Karen Kandel, Queens Song
Imelda O’Reilly, Staten Island Poem
Sandra Garcia Rivera, Setting of Spanish in Bronx Song

DESIGN

Julie Archer, Barge & Shore Set Design
Robert Kaplowitz, Sound Co-Design
Irina Kruzhilina, Costume Design
Jeremy Lee, Sound Co-Design
Christine Sciulli, Light and Video Design
Burke Brown, Associate Lighting Designer

MUSIC

David Levi, Music Director
Jill Jaffe, Arranger: Staten Island & Queens Songs
Joel Thompson, Arranger: Brooklyn Song

PRODUCTION

Produced by Mabou Mines
Neelam Vaswani, Production Stage Manager
Ruth Moe, Production Manager

PERFORMED BY

Singers
Simotra Simone Houston, Brooklyn Song
Sophia Holman, Staten Island Song
Elisa Bocanegra, Bronx Song
La Tanya Hall, Queens Song
Susan McKeown, Manhattan Song

Chorus
Rob Besserer
Tomé Cousin
Prentice Onayemi
Postell Pringle
Matt Sadewitz
Joshua Weidenmiller

Musicians
Matt Dariau, Saxophone, Clarinet, Kaval
Zack Eldridge, Percussion
Jesse Gelber, Keyboards, Autoharp, Melodica
Rob Henke, Trumpet, Band Leader
Todd Low, Viola, Erhu, Waterphone
Paul Morrissett, Bass, Tsimbl, Banjo
James Riley, Guitar, Banjo
Joel Thompson, Saxophone, Flute

DESCRIPTION

Song for New York, a site-specific work, was performed from a barge moored in the East River with audiences seated on the pier at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. The piece, composed of five poems – one poem representing each of the five boroughs that make up New York City – was written by five female poets who spent much of their lives in the borough about which they wrote.

S4NY was developed, in part, by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program and at residencies with New York Theatre Workshop (at Vassar College), Voice and Vision Envision Retreat (at Bard College) and Ucross Foundation (in Clearmont, Wyoming). A “Sing Through” version of S4NY was presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on 6/4/07 as part of Sundance Institute at BAM.