Join us for a reading of The Messages, a work-in-process play by 2022/23 BRIClab Performing Arts resident Colm Summers.
In rural Ireland, a pair of elderly twins are losing the family business. An Irish-American family have returned from Brooklyn. A young woman goes looking for an escape. The Messages is a play about what happens when we stop listening to one another, which explores the intersection of American global influence, gentrification, and capitalism. It asks the question – who do we become when our home changes beyond all recognition?
Colm Summers is an Irish stage director based between New York and Dublin. Selected credits include The Kill One Race, (Playwrights Horizons, NYC), Wednesday (New York Live Arts), La Clemenza di Tito (Grand Théatre de Geneve), The Inheritance (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles), Portia Coughlan (National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey), Love à la Mode (Smock Alley and Trafalgar Square), Gays Against the Free State! (Dublin Fringe), Enemy of the Stars (Dublin & Morocco), and God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, (Samuel Beckett Theatre). Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, Milo Rau, the feath3r theory, Dead Centre, and Pan Pan. He is a Dublin Fringe Festival Radical Spirit Award Nominee, and was selected for the Next Stage: Forecast cohort at Dublin Theatre Festival and the Pan Pan International Mentorship. He is a Resident Director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. His writing is published in Liverpool University Press, Oberon and Brill.
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
COVID-19 policy: Attendees of any BRIC House programming do not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. To learn more, visit:
BRIC IS COMMITTED TO WELCOMING PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES
The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at [email protected] or (718) 683-5637.
BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for visual artists, performers, and media makers. BRIClab offers emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, mentorships, and opportunities to share their work. The residency aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by supporting long term growth and fostering relationships across disciplines.
The program’s four tracks are Contemporary Art, Film + TV, Performing Arts, and Video Art. Each track offers unique resources designed to meet the needs of varied artistic practices. Residents receive additional financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and documentation of their work.