With less than a month to go before the curtain rises on the world premiere of The Eternal Space, the producers are happy to announce that a selected scene of the show will be performed at this year's MAS NYC Summit on Thursday October 22nd at the Times Center. Matt Pilieci and Clyde Baldo will take the stage in their respect roles as production ready photography of Penn Station serves as a backdrop. The MAS Summit is a two day series of panels, speakers and artistic performance that addresses the past, present and future of New York City. Tickets for the Summit can be found here.
Maybe partially inspired by the warm reception of the Spring Awakening production that's taking Broadway by storm this fall, we have partnered with our friends at Theatre Row and the Theatre Development Fund to offer premium accessible seating locations to select performances of The Eternal Space. These seats are exclusively available through the TDF Theatre Accessibility Program. Information on the program can be found here and you can directly email the program here.
It’s been quite the week for anniversaries related to the old Penn Station.
On September 10, 1906, quite the engineering feat was accomplished when the first Hudson River tunnel was connected. Digging for two years from opposing shores, engineers met behind the tunnel shields midway beneath the Hudson. In a moment resulting from precise mathematical calculation and quite possibly luck – the final alignment was only off by 1/16 of an inch. The connected tunnel hosted reporters, engineers and executives two days later for a walk through. The second tunnel was completed two months later. When they finally opened to train traffic they were the longest underwater structure in the world. Engineers remained confounded by their constant shifting and oscillation. Tidal effects in the Hudson were finally identified as the cause.
These are the same tunnels that have consumed political conversations of the past few months. Politicians near and far have postured on a plan for the inevitable replacement and cost. In a nostalgic and romantic way, it’s nice to remember that math and little luck helped create an underwater structure that has faithfully served us for 109 years and probably more while political battles wage on.