About The Eternal Space
October 28th, 1963, New York City: Pennsylvania Station is slated for demolition. The wrecking crews are outside dismantling a fifty-three year-old marvel of American Beauxarts architecture. Inside a construction worker, turned photographer, is running away from his past while an aging activist can’t let his go. Set against the actual photographic catalogue of Penn Station’s tragic demolition, The Eternal Space charts two very different lives brought together by the historic act that divides them.
Following two very successful developmental readings in December of 2012 and May of 2013, and the success of a 50th Anniversary Reading panel at the AIANY's Center for Architecture (read more about that below), our show was honored by being chosen by Fordham University's Alumni Company as being part of its New Work's series in June of 2014.
The production then went on to have a very successful Kickstarter campaign which has fueled our four week-Off Broadway premiere at Theatre Row's The Lion Theatre.
Our upcoming production at The Lion will use state-of-the-art projection technology to recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station’s demise. Our production has been very fortunate in uncovering a huge catalogue of demolition photos drawn from the talents of five photographers. Their stills taken from 1963-1967 will be responsible for creating the passage of time and serving as the setting for each of the scenes. Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece.
The Eternal Space, a beautifully simple but unique production, aims to bring the Old Penn Station back to life while giving voice to the quiet lament of losing it half a century ago.
Marking Penn Station's Demolition
October 28, 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Penn Station's demolition. Our production team was honored to launch an event in partnership with the Architect Institute of America’s New York Chapter to commemorate the occasion complete with a panel of experts in the field of photography, architecture and NYC history. The event sold out the AIANY’s Center for Architecture’s largest event space and was an enormous success. You can read more about it from Untapped Cities and Smithsonian Magazine's Design Decoded.
The conclusion of that evening was clear: The debates of preservation and loss stirred up 50 years ago are still timely today. In July and August of 2012, The New York Times ran two features on the 1962 protests that later sparked the Landmarks Preservation movement. Fifty years earlier the Times reported:
A building that sometimes made a ceremony out of a journey… reached the end of the line, architecturally at 9 A.M. Electric jackhammers tore at the granite slabs of the side of the terminal…crushing the hopes of a band of architects who had rallied to save what the Municipal Art Society called ‘one of the great monuments of classical America.’