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Not Calm

William Sydney

May 9 - May 19

$23 – $50

Brick Aux presents
Not Calm
by William Sydney
at Brick Aux – 628 Metropolitan Ave
May 9-12 + May 16-19, 2024 at 7:30PM

Theater has long seemed to me — in common with much other art — a Biblia Pauperum, a Bible in pictures for those who cannot read; and I see the playwright as a lay preacher peddling the ideas of his time in popular form. For this reason, theater has always been a primary school for the young, the semi-educated, and women.

I have therefore thought it not unlikely that in these days, the theater, like religion, might be discarded. This opinion is confirmed by the crisis still prevailing in the major theaters.

Some playwrights, it is true, have attempted to create a new drama by using the old forms with up-to-date contents. Even so, as no new form has been devised for the new contents, the new wine has burst the old bottles.

In this play, I have not tried to do anything new. (This cannot be done.) I have only tried to meet the demands which may, I think, be made on this art today.

–August Strindberg/William Sydney

From “evil,” “wonderful,” “pretty unsafe” playwright William Sydney, a new play about happiness and fear.


Text by William Sydney
Translations by Carina de Klerk
Contraption Design by Tal Elmatad
Creature Design by Anne-Marie Dillon
Lighting Design by Liz Schweitzer
Stage Manager Carly Zamost
Performed by Kate Eberstadt, Tony Jenkins, Paul Ketchum, Eleanor Lougee-Heimer, and William Sydney
On May 17, the role normally performed by Kate Eberstadt will be performed by Ali Bianchi



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Mask Policy: The Brick strongly encourages but does not require masks for audience members. We are in ongoing conversation with our artists and audiences as we continue to adapt our covid policies and it is subject to change at any time. Thank you.

A Note on Accessibility: The Brick has trigger warnings posted in the space for each show for you to check if you so choose. If you would rather ask questions in advance of being in the space or would like to enter in advance of house opening due to our seating not being assigned, please reach out to theresa@bricktheater.com.



May 9
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$23 – $50


William Sydney


Brick Aux
628 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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