The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
Presented by The New Group
By Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Directed by Scott Elliott
Cristian DeMeo, David Levi, Moise Morancy, Josh Pais, Sadie Scott, Chloë Sevigny, Daniel Sovich
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Clint Ramos
Lighting Design: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Design: M.L. Dogg
Fight Direction: UnkleDave’s Fight-House
First Performance November 14, 2017
Opening December 3, 2017
Final Performance December 23, 2017
Tuesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
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On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young men – all white except one – descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find.
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot takes us back to this day, in the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon, a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot. The boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever.
A snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction, and when the stakes were truly life and death.
This world premiere of Downtown Race Riot marks a return to The New Group for Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. Previously, the company presented the world premiere productions of his works The Flatted Fifth, directed by Jo Bonney (1997) and Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, directed by Carl Forsman (2006). This production also marks a return to The New Group for Chloë Sevigny, who appeared previously in the company’s productions of What the Butler Saw and Hazelwood Jr. High.
Reviews will be posted after Downtown Race Riot opens on December 3, 2017