Freedom of leech: Musical parasite play spreads through Brooklyn

Political theater: In the new musical, “No Brainer, or the Solution to Parasites,” a social worker faces off against a Trumpian villain who tells people of color to “go back where they came from!”
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This show is gonna be huge!

An extravagant musical theater piece starring a city worker facing off against a deranged, Trump-like villain will take over Brooklyn’s streets this summer, providing the public with family-friendly — albeit dark — songs and comedy. “No Brainer, or the Solution to Parasites,” which will parade through Coney Island, Sunset Park, and Bushwick this month, features a blond businessman who sips a stew made from the world’s maladies in his quest for world domination. After the crazed villain becomes king, a New York City social worker must defeat him to restore goodness to the world.

The musical mixes dark themes with fun, juvenile asides, said its creator.

“This year’s [production] is a combination of Disney and a horror movie,” said Crystal Field, who wrote the 75-minute musical and co-founded Theater for the New City, the Manhattan theater company behind the production.

“No Brainer” marks the company’s 43rd annual traveling production. Every summer, the troupe sends its transportable stage to more than a dozen of the city’s parks and roads, complete with dazzling sets, a crew of up to 50 people, and life-sized puppets — along with some not-so-subtle political themes designed to empower viewers, according to Field.

“We tell them they’re not alone,” she said. “You have civic power, and you have the power to organize.”

The troupe’s productions often star middle-class city workers who defeat capitalist supervillains. Many shows have a clear message: instructing viewers to vote, or telling undocumented audience members what to do if ICE agents knock on their door, Field said, and they have happy endings.

“The neighborhood always wins,” said Field.

However, “No Brainer” takes a darker turn than most of the troupe’s other productions. Rather than ending with a triumphant hero and a happy song, it closes just as the good guys prepare to protest the fascist villain. According to Field, the show’s more somber, uncertain finale reflects the country’s tumultuous political climate.

“We are living in a terrible, terrible time,” she said. “People feel powerless.”

Nevertheless, the play tries to keep things light and jovial with a range of fun Bossa Nova, hip-hop, and classical choir music performed by five live musicians — and audiences have responded positively. During its first performance in the Bronx, more than 100 spectators met the show with a hearty round of applause, Field said.

“They blew us kisses,” she said.

“No Brainer, or the Solution to Parasites” at the Coney Island Boardwalk (at the Boardwalk and W. 10th Street in Coney Island, theaterfor­thenewcity). Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Free.

At Maria Hernandez Park (t Knickerbocker Avenue and Starr Street in Bushwick). Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.

At Sunset Park (at Sixth Avenue and 44th Street in Sunset Park). Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Free.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Posted 12:00 am, August 11, 2019
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Oh the comments on this one are gonna be a blast.
Aug. 11, 2019, 7:26 am
NPC says:
Orangemanbad orangemanbad orangemanbad Russia Russia Russia
Aug. 11, 2019, 9:37 am
Catrue Thomas from Bushwick says:
Ha ha ha! What people don’t even get is that this is IRONIC! Like they’re making fun of him! LOLz!!
Aug. 11, 2019, 10:46 am
Lucinda from Kensington says:
Catrue- what is ironic or funny about putting down a person? Making fun of their looks? Body shaming? Is that IRONY?
Aug. 11, 2019, 1:36 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lucinda, that's what trump does to everyone.
Aug. 11, 2019, 1:54 pm
LaQwerty Jones says:
Love you President Trump! Trump 2020! MAGA #Blexit #Walkaway
Aug. 11, 2019, 4:44 pm
Johnson says:
Lowest unemployment rate ever. Yeah the dems really have a chance next year at winning.
Aug. 11, 2019, 4:48 pm
Carmen from Mill Basin says:
There are a lot of people in Southern Brooklyn who voted for Trump but are forced to remain silent. Show better be mindful of areas there they venture into. Hope the people break their silence to protest this. What terrible terrible time is Field referring to - good economy, lowest unemployment (esp among African Amer)?? Field is very deranged.This is an indoctrinating type of show. Desperation cos they know Dems have nothing of substance. This Latina is for Trump still.
Aug. 11, 2019, 6:58 pm
ProspectHeightsResident from Prospect Heights says:
The unhinged, race-baiting left and their enablers in the MSM are disgusting.
Aug. 11, 2019, 9:51 pm
Kendra from Fort Greene says:
Theater for the Bew City has done good productions. This agitprop is not one. Are they aiming for an elementary school audience? 75 minutes of this crude would-be satire sounds like punishment.
Aug. 11, 2019, 10:26 pm
LaQwerty Jones says:
Trump 2020! We love you Donald! Don’t let the Commie Fascists gain a foothold in this great nation. Let them take a knee in North Korea. Let them open the borders in Yemen - not here! USA! USA! God Bless America!
Aug. 12, 2019, 8:45 am
Cora Ann Booker says:
The Democrats are anti-American, baby-killing, violent, brainwashed fascists and if you support them so are you
Aug. 13, 2019, 7:41 am
Raul from slope says:
MaGA 2020
Aug. 22, 2019, 11:23 pm

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