About the Grant

$40,000 to support Reconstruction (MAP 2012), a new interactive performance piece by Josh Fox and International WOW.

About the Project

Following the success of the 2009 Drama Desk–nominated Iraq War play Surrender and the documentary Gasland, International WOW presents Reconstruction: a new immersive, interactive theatrical event from director Josh Fox that also helps build a sustainable-energy driven public space in the South Bronx.

During Reconstruction, the audience will assist in the greening, or transforming, of a raw space into a renewable energy performance space that will serve as an artistic hub, a community center, and a model for utilizing renewable energy and technology to reclaim public spaces. In collaboration with noted urban-planning expert and MacArthur “Genius Grant” award recipient, Majora Carter, we will be transforming the former Spofford Detention Center in the Bronx, which is now an abandoned, unused Juvenile facility.
In the winter of 2013, WOW will begin the process of transforming the space through the use of renewable energy technology, such as solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal energy, and others.WOW is also partnering with Eastern Energy Systems, Long Island's leading renewable energy company, to create the building's energy systems. Architect Joe Levine, an expert in retrofitting and restoration, will lead the effort.
In part one of the play, the audience will start out incarcerated in the many still-standing jail cells at Spofford. In part two, they will be processed and trained in green retrofitting as they emerge from the prison system into a sustainable society. In part three, using teleprompters, selected audience members will serve as characters performing with members of the ensemble in the unfolding drama, telling the stories of those who were real, former inmates at Spofford.

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