The Oldest Takeout in Queens is a musical celebration of some of the languages spoken in Ridgewood, Queens—the neighborhood I lived in for some twenty years.
Set in a fictional restaurant over a hundred-year period, its sole performer is The Singer, the owner of the restaurant who rises to the challenge of learning all the new languages that arrive in the neighborhood.
An online streaming version of the piece was presented in late 2020 and can be viewed HERE. A live performance is being planned for the future.
The Oldest Takeout in Queens was commissioned by Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program with support from the Scherman Foundation’s Rosin Fund and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to The Endangered Language Alliance.