The gaping Williamsburg bike situation-sized hole in the theater world is finally being filled. A play about the Hipster vs Hasid bike wars is coming to NYC next week for the Midtown International Theatre Festival. From The Daily News:
The ripped-from-the-headlines play “Division Avenue” — which hits the Midtown International Theatre Festival on July 17 — centers on the simmering tensions between longtime residents of Williamsburg’s Jewish quarter and newcomers.
Texas writer Miki Bone, 52, says she was inspired by a 2009 family vacation that included a guided tour of increasingly gentrified Billyburg.
“I’m a liberal Catholic girl with three kids from Dallas,” she says. “I love exploring other cultures. I thought this would be an interesting cultural study.”
Bone acknowledged she has no personal experience with gentrification, hipster-Hasid holy wars, or even the seemingly endless battle of bike lanes.
“That’s why I wanted to explore it,” she said.
Well she sounds perfectly qualified to tackle this hot button issue. I once went on a family vacation to Ocala, Florida to visit my grandmother but you don’t see me writing a play about the golf cart wars at the senior center. Wait why haven’t I done that?
I found a clip from a Dallas performance of the play on which you can watch below: