lyceum on the rebound with a MARU. - The Brooklyn Lyceum is fighting the fights it must (a MARU). When the dust settles it would be nice to hit the swamp running.
Gowanagus will be at the ready for programming the Brooklyn Lyceum (or any transitory stop-gap), be it theater, music, debate, classes or dance.
To that end we are lining up productions we will produce, about 20%, and seeking submissions for production from others.
We are also opening up the voting process on programming to a wide swath of the public and warriors who come to the aid of the Brooklyn Lyceum.
The Brooklyn Lyceum held ground as a community facility of almost unimaginable variety of community activity from 1995-2014.
Then the Brooklyn Lyceum ran into a buzz saw of due process violations by Donald Scott Kurtz, Ellen Spodek, Devin Cohen, Reinaldo E. Rivera, to name a few.
What is mind-bogglingly stupid is that these decisions all sound in things as stupid as the following (although there are many more):
- ---don't do a thing within a year of another thing and the case is abandoned, and
- ---the court can only rule using what is before the court when the motion is made, and
- ---once you have an attorney, all papers must be served on that attorney, and
- ---being noticed to appear a decade in the past is a fatal flaw to a motion, and
- ---if the court, with its inherent powers, retroactively alters the case for one party, it must ensure the other party is not harmed, and
- ---the court can't just change the words in an appeal brief to create a statute of limitations.
Armed with such simple things, the Brooklyn Lyceum is confident that, when the dust settles, the Brooklyn Lyceum will rise from the legal ashes and must hit the swamp running with programming.
Gowanagus is that programming mission.
And, since programming a theater was never the founder's life goal (save for a few annual productions), the programming is being opened up to all those who crossed the Lyceum threshold, and, importantly, those who stand for her now.
Operating for two decades as a central public square for Brooklyn, and hosting a little bit of everything imaginable, the large open spaces and the more intimate mezzanine spaces became a launching pad for hundreds of artists and an event venue that hosted tens of thousands of patrons.
Once the Lyceum legal dust settles, the Lyceum will return to such a varied programming, this time with the founder programming about 20% and an involved community choosing the rest.
Whomever has put skin in the game, whether by past participation or by new "skin in the game" will be able to cast votes for programming at the Brooklyn Lyceum.
How many votes is dependent on the level of earlier participation and how early and often you come to the aid of the Brooklyn Lyceum in its hour of need.
Sweep floors, take tickets, draw espressos, bake, negotiate agreements, do artwork, help marketing?
All these and more prove you crossed the Lyceum threshold for good in the past.
How many votes do you get?
Well, we are working on an algorithm for that. But you will have a say.