Forget everything you know about conventional theatre including
the outdated idea that quality productions only happen in Manhattan.
Directed by Jack Halpin and created by Christine Goodman, "The Heist
Project" features topnotch performances, writing and visual arts by
some of Jersey City's most talented artists.
Ripped from the headlines it draws powerful parallels between two sad,
but true stories - the largest unsolved art theft in American history at
the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and
the displacement of more than 150 artists
who lived and worked at 111 First St.
right in our city.
You'll see artwork by Bex Goyette, Norm Francoeur, Maggie Ens and Ed
Fausty - who lived and worked in the historic building and bare witness to the
second act, which features a powerful film about this legendary grass-roots
art community with poignant interviews with art stars like
Kelly Darr, Bill Rybak and Bill Rodwell.
It's about what's happening to the arts in America. Art thieves come in
many guises. Stealing art from the public is criminal. It must be stopped.
"The Heist Project" is a good start.