After the Battle of Brooklyn
Riley’s newest project, After the Battle of Brooklyn, offers a re-enactment/reinvention of certain aspects of the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Brooklyn pitted the rag tag American army against a formidable British naval force. Outflanked and overpowered by the British, the Americans were forced to retreat and might have been decimated were it not for their evacuation by Massachusetts’ Marblehead Regiment under a heavy fog. Riley’s intervention into this history embroiders on the real life existence of a primitive submarine, named the Turtle, which was unleashed in New York Harbor following the American retreat.