Watch Avi Glickstein’s A History of Launching Ships

Watch Avi Glickstein’s A History of Launching Ships

Our very own Avi Glickstein has written “A History of Launching Ships,” the first-ever theatrical production at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The play will run in BLDG92, the yard’s new museum and welcome center. Performances begin Thursday, October 11, and will play Thursday through Sunday evenings at 8pm until Sunday, October 28.

The play is set in the winter of 1779 when 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 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.

Just as interesting as the subject of the play is the environment in which it will be performed. Written specifically for BLDG 92, audiences will be led through three floors over the course of the performance, stopping to watch scenes among BLDG 92’s exhibits.

“When the folks at BLDG92 agreed to present us, I was all the more excited,” said Avi in an interview with “Not only is there such a rich history, but the Yard itself – its location on the water, the structures, the images of the ships built there – was really inspiring.”

You can purchase tickets to the show here. Avi provided a discount code for all blog readers: CORNER gets you $14 tickets for all performances!