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Actors and Directors Living in Brooklyn (AdLib)

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Contact Info
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  3. Address : 604 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Primary Contact
James Williams,
Executive / President
James Williams, Artistic Director

Our goal is provide an environment where theater artists can come together to both practice their art and craft and to provide live theater to audiences in Brooklyn at an affordable price.

The group also encourages playwrights to submit new scripts for reading by company members. An invited audience is welcome to provide feedback for playwrights.

For our artists, we will also present our work in other Boroughs, primarily Manhattan, in order to showcase their work to both Manhattan audiences and to agents, producers and other potential entities that may lead to paying jobs.

Although we also read and produce classics, our first commitment is to producing new works by Brooklyn playwrights. We produced our first play, Maids of Honor, by a Brooklyn Playwright in 2013. We are currently in production to produce another play, HMLT, in January 2014.

We meet to read plays once a month. We select the next play reading from a list submitted by company members. Roles are assigned at each reading. No acting experience necessary. Members may choose to listen and not read. Discussion, community and "pot-luck" refreshments are a part of each reading.

AdLib produced its first work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, at our studio in Park Slope. Our first presentation in Manhattan was Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, at the Barrow Group Studio Theater on May 15, 2011. We then produced an Equity showcase production of this same work in September of 2011 for 12 performances at the Bridge Theater in Manhattan with 5 Equity and 4 non-Equity actors.

We aim to present our work in Schools, Libraries, Parks and other institutions throughout NYC.