May 6, 2017 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 6 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Dorsey Gallery ~ 553 Rogers Ave ~ Brooklyn, NY 11225
When Nelson Simon signed up as a last-minute crew member to transport a Norwegian schooner from Brooklyn to Bermuda, he pictured it as a sort of pleasure cruise: a week in the Caribbean with a gourmet chef on board, some down time on a tropical island, then a quick flight home. What did it matter that he had practically no sailing experience? The eight other crew members had plenty – they just needed an extra pair of hands. What could possibly go wrong? The time was October 1991. The ship was Anne Kristine, the oldest continuously sailing vessel in the world. What awaited them was Hurricane Grace, the southern end of what came to be known as “The Perfect Storm.”
In this story Nelson recounts an unlikely tale that begins with a friendly invitation and ends in the dead of night somewhere far from home, with a Coast Guard helicopter above and a dark, angry sea below. Along the way he considers the nature of life and death, accident and fate, and of those moments on the brink, when we feel most alive.
Nelson Simon is a performer and videographer. He was a founding member of the Working Theater, a group of actors, writers and directors dedicated to producing plays for and about working people. More recently he has been performing and creating videos of movement and sound improvisations with MESH (Michael Evans and Susan Hefner). Their first full-length video piece, “Round Square and Other Works,” was released last December. Nelson lives on Hawthorne Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.