This summer, one block of St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, comes to life with a fresh take on what Brooklyn has always meant – late evening front stoop conversation, cultural integration through chance encounters, storytelling, interactive performance and play.

Stoop Series takes place on the front doorstep and open garage space of FiveMyles gallery. The free performance series brings together artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and storytellers, as well as children and adults of the diverse local community in an intimate and playful setting. Co-curated by poet Lynne Procope and artist Erin Gleason, Stoop Series challenges traditional notions of ‘authentic’ performance, venue, and audience.

Expanding upon the social aspects of the neighborhood stoop on a stretch of block without stoop architecture, the performance series looks back at an earlier period in Brooklyn’s history when community was built on the front steps of its many brownstones and apartment buildings. Stoop Series interrogates the idea of what a ‘good neighborhood’ might look like and expands on that idea in a ‘new’ Brooklyn by seeking to link the old and new through play and art.

Stoop Series offers a welcoming place for neighbors to gather and interact with each other as well as with artists, many of whom call Crown Heights and its environs home. Each night begins with sidewalk games and chatter, gathering passersby and encouraging an audience of all ages to stay for the evening’s performances. In between sets, the audience is encouraged to give their own impromptu performances, becoming performers in the FiveMyles stoop gathering.

Stoop Series is supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council and is fiscally sponsored by Studio Six Theatre Company. Sound and technical support are provided by Five Block Sound.