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The Last word: Bushwick actor reinvents his show about gentrification

Here and there: Three years after its debut, “The Last Hipster in Brooklyn” gets a one-night revival on Nov. 24 at the Bushwick Starr, directed by Modesto Flako Jimenez, left, and starring Nick E. Finn, right.
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Call it his second act.

A Bushwick actor will revive his one-man, semi-autobiographical show about gentrification in Kings County this weekend, three years after it first debuted. “The Last Hipster in Brooklyn,” playing at the Bushwick Starr on Nov. 24, has grown and changed over the years, adding new multimedia elements — including original photos, videos, and music — that show a wider experience of people navigating the changing borough, said its creator.

“It’s about showing things from different angles — while my experience of moving to Brooklyn is a vehicle of the story, the show is about asking questions beyond your own experience,” said Nick Finn. “The show continues to evolve, along with me.”

The show is based loosely on Finn’s experience moving from Seattle to Bushwick in 2011, when he fell in love with the borough and his now-wife, a Brooklyn native. During the course of the play, the actor plays 13 people, including his wife, his father-in-law, and his best friend, along with other people in the community.

Projected photographs of rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods — including Williamsburg and Crown Heights — and video scenes of Finn playing other characters expands the story beyond his own and prompts audience members to think about their own role in changing their communities, he said.

“It allows me to step out of myself on stage and explore different perspectives to ask, ‘What does my presence mean here, where’s the connection to the history, how does my presence have an impact on others in the community?’ ” said Finn. “We’re here as artists to start the conversation — not necessarily give the answers.”

“The Last Hipster in Brooklyn” at Bushwick Starr (207 Starr St. between Wyckoff and Irving avenues in Bushwick, www.thebushwickstarr.org). Nov. 24 at 8 pm. $25.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Posted 12:00 am, November 20, 2018
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