Nonprofit Turns to Kickstarter to Buy Slave Theater


    A nonprofit called New Brooklyn Theater is trying to raise $200,000 on Kickstarter by Oct. 4. The group intends to use the money as a down payment to purchase the Slave Theater, the historic Afrocentric cultural institution whose building at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy is scheduled to be auctioned off today at 2:30 pm. New Brooklyn Theater was created by two theater professionals with no apparent existing ties to the Slave Theater. They pledge to restore the building and maintain it as a performing arts center featuring Brooklyn artists, foster original work from students in public and charter schools in the neighborhood, and offer tickets at affordable prices. The group’s multi-million-dollar four-phase plan includes fundraising from corporate and development partners. Artistic Director Jonathan Solari is a theater, opera and film director. Executive producer Sarah Wolff previously produced public programming at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. So far, 46 backers have pledged nearly $14,000.
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    Photo by Andreas Burgess

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