For Americans over 50, the name Kitty Genovese still conjures up uncomfortable memories. On March 13, 1964, this young woman was stabbed to death outside her Queens apartment; neighbors heard her screams but did nothing to help her. Her case, and her name, quickly became a byword for urban loneliness, fear, and lack of caring. The Kitty Genovese case has inspired songs, movies, and now a new play by local writer J.R. Teeter, "The Witnesses of Kitty Genovese," based on first-person source material. "Everything that is said in the play was originally said by that character's real life counterpart," says Teeter, who hopes audience members will recognize themselves in one of the characters, whether it's the victim, a witness, or the criminal. The show kicks off Bread & Water Theatre's grand opening at its new home on West Main Street, former home of the T&T Boxing Gym.
Bread and Water Theatre presents "The Witnesses of Kitty Genovese," Friday, July 25, through Sunday, August 10, at 172 West Main Street. $8-$14; no patron will be turned away for an inability to pay. BreadandWaterTheatre.org.EDITOR'S NOTE: The date in this story has been corrected. The play begins Friday,July 25.