Performers (from left to right) Josh Marcus and Taja Cheek. Projection design by David Bengali. Photo: Maridee Slater.

Anthology: Crown Heights

Created by Xandra Clark, in collaboration with Taja Cheek, Josh Marcus, Molly Mingey, and DK Wright.

Oral history, music, dance, poetry, and film intertwine in a live theatrical narrative to investigate a changing Brooklyn neighborhood. Anthology: Crown Heights is a collection of true stories assembled and performed by an ensemble of Crown Heights-based artists, featuring the diverse voices of Crown Heights residents old and new and critically investigating what it means to be making art together. Twenty-five years since the 1991 racial violence in Crown Heights, 2016 also marks a time of rapidly shifting local demographics. Anthology remembers the neighborhood's past, examines its contentious present, and navigates what is to come. 

Performance/Showing Details:

The production premiered on April 30th and May 1st, 2016 at Weeksville Heritage Center, the site of one of America's first free black communities. Read more on our Facebook event.

From September 10 - October 9, 2016, FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn hosted an installation created by Xandra Clark as part of the project. Anyone walking by could pick up a telephone installed on the sidewalk and hear stories of the neighborhood. 


Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Community Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts
Stanford Young Alumni Arts Grant
Weeksville Heritage Center

Produced in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and DIVAS for Social Justice, with rehearsal space generously donated by the Brooklyn Children's Museum.


Urban Omnibus - "In Anthology: Crown Heights, Staging the Weight of History".

DNAInfo article and interview with Xandra Clark.

Brokelyn Top 20 Things to do in Brooklyn.

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Performers (from left to right) Josh Marcus, Taja Cheek, DK Wright, and Xandra Clark. Photo: Olivia Lloyd.