playdate Fest!


En Garde Arts in association with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership presents the premiere of  playdate Fest!, a brand new outdoor free performance showcase at Downtown Brooklyn’s new park, Abolitionist Place.

Performing in playdate Fest! will be En Garde Arts veterans David Greenspan, Baba Israel who will also serve as host, Samora la Perdida, Kuhoo Verma and Eisa Davis who will all be presenting excerpts of new music and theatre pieces.

  • What
    A brand new outdoor free performance showcase
  • June 21st, 2024 from 5PM to 7PM
  • Abolitionist Place
  • Artists
Eisa Davis (she/her)
Samora la Perdida (she/they)
David Greenspan (he/him)
Kuhoo Verma (she/her)
Baba Israel (he/him)


Eisa Davis

Eisa Davis (she, her) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Bulrusher, Angela’s Mixtape, Mushroom, and many other stage works. Other favorite projects include Afrofemononomy, The Essentialisn’t, Kindred, Passing Strange. She’s made two albums and is writing a couple of musicals. Abolition runs in her blood.

David Greenspan

David Greenspan (he, him) has appeared in his plays Dead Mother, She Stoops to Comedy, Go Back to Where You Are, I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees, The Memory Motel, The Argument, The Myopia, performed solo renditions of The Patsy, Strange Interlude, Four Saints in Three Acts, worked with many contemporary playwrights, and has received six OBIES.

Baba Israel

Baba Israel (he, him) is a Hip Hop/theater artist, poet, educator and curator raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He has toured and developed projects in thirty four countries, often working as a cultural ambassador. Baba is part of Bronx Banda with  Arturo O’Farrill and has shared the stage with artists such as KRS ONE, Lester Bowie, Outkast, Bahamadia and Medusa.  He is a core member of Hip Hop/Soul project Soul Inscribed who recently completed the American Music Abroad program and released their second album Tune Up on Tokyo Dawn Records. He co-created Cannabis! A viper vaudeville produced by HERE and premiered at La MaMa.  He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College where he studied with Daniel Alexander Jones and is the Artistic Director of the Performance Project based at the University Settlement

Samora la Perdida

Samora la Perdida (she, they) starred in the Off-Broadway productions of Soho Rep’s Notes on Killing…, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ My Broken Language at Signature Theatre, as well as Tina Landau’s A Transparent Musical at the Mark Taper Forum in 2023. Her TEDxTalk, “Finding Your Lost Mother Tongue”, features music from her bilingual brujería musical: Spanglish Sh!t, which has been developed with Berkeley Rep, NYSCA, Baryshnikov Arts Center and En Garde Arts.

Kuhoo Verma

Kuhoo Verma (she, her) is a New Delhi-born, NYC-based artist who revels in works made for diverse audiences. She previously starred in Dave Malloy’s Octet at Signature Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award). You can see her as the lead actor of Hulu’s film Plan B, a film about reproductive rights in the United States. Other film: Murder Mystery 2 (Netflix), The Big Sick (Amazon), and the upcoming Space Cadet (Amazon). For the past decade, as an actor and musician, she has also workshopped new musicals and operas, and she has worked closely with renowned composers and writers.

About Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination. The Partnership’s diverse activities include attracting new businesses and improving the environment for existing companies, facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community, supporting and promoting Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural assets, and encouraging a sense of place and an engaged civic community.
The event is made possible through discretionary funding from Councilmember Lincoln Restler and the New York City Council and support from Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.