A History of Launching Ships @ BLDG 92

Thu, Oct 11th, 2012

We’re really excited about this first-ever theatrical producation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 — The History of Launching Ships!

The play debuted last night and will continue thru October 28th. Theatergoers can present ticket stubs to a list of participating Myrtle restaurants to receive dinner discounts.

From the website:

“A History of Launching Ships is the first-ever theatrical production at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This site-specific production will lead audiences through the three-floor museum over the course of the performance, stopping to watch scenes among BLDG 92’s exhibits. The Yard’s spirit and elements of its history act as seeds for the play’s mysterious story of four women isolated together inside the gates of a Naval Commandant’s home on the banks of an unnamed bay. Playwright Avi Glickstein has used the story of real-life Revolutionary heroine Elizabeth Burgin and archival materials from BLDG 92’s collection, as well as the gothic New York tales of Washington Irving, as a jumping-off point to create a uniquely American, ghostly tale of his own that echoes the Yard’s history as a center of innovation, reinvention, and sacrifice in service of a larger purpose.”


In the winter of 1779, a woman named Elizabeth Burgin defied New York City’s British occupiers by helping hundreds of patriots escape from prison ships anchored offshore of what is now the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With a bounty on her head, she fled the city. A History of Launching Ships, a new play by Avi Glickstein, joins Burgin during her flight from the British and places her in the middle of a fantastical tale that echoes the gothic stories of Washington Irving. The play, commissioned by Polybe + Seats and written for the unique environment of The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, tells the story of the three women who take Burgin in and hide her. Each woman seeks an escape from her own reality, and, together, they realize that the only way to freedom might be on a ship they build themselves.

The one and a half hour performance will involve some walking and standing on the part of the audience; ramps and elevators will be available.


Click here for further info.

Show your ticket stubs at the following Myrtle restaurants for pre- or post- dinner discounts:


CakeJoy Bakery 364 Myrtle btw Adelphi and Clermont


Cielo Bar 474 Myrtle btw Washington Avenue and Hall

Putnam’s Pub & Cooker 419 Myrtle btw Vanderbilt and Clinton

The Emerson 561 Myrtle btw Emerson and Classon

Pushkin Creperie & Bakery 541 Myrtle btw Steuben and Emerson

Mojito Cuban Cuisine 82 Washington Avenue btw Park and Flushing

Sans Souci Restaurant & Bar 330 Myrtle btw Washington Park and Carlton

Kum Kau Restaurant 463 Myrtle btw Washington Avenue and Hall

Anima Italian Bistro 458 Myrtle btw Waverly and Washington

Waza Sushi & Ramen 485 Myrtle btw Hall and Ryerson

Los Pollitos III 499 Myrtle btw Hall and Ryerson

Dee & Ricky’s 503 Myrtle btw Ryerson and Grand

Soco 509 Myrtle btw Ryerson and Grand

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