16th Street Extends BROKEN FENCES Through 11/9
16th Street Theater proudly announces the extension of BROKEN FENCES written by Steven Simoncic and co-directed by 16th Street's Artistic Director Ann Filmer and Ilesa Duncan (Artistic Director, Pegasus Players) thru Saturday, Nov 9 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn. Starring Daniel Bryant (Artistic Director, Congo Square Theatre), BROKEN FENCES focuses on two neighboring couples, one black and one white, in Chicago's gentrifying Garfield Park. Winner of an American Theatre Wing National Theatre Grant and named"Best Emerging Theater 2013" by Chicago Magazine, 16th Street concludes its 2013 Season Six: The American Dream with BROKEN FENCES.
"Audiences' reactions to this play have been both overwhelming and remarkably intimate," says Managing Director Eddie Sugarman. "From the elderly Puerto Rican audience member lamenting that it took white people moving to his neighborhood to get the park fixed up, to the Caucasian woman sharing the story of the disturbing solicitation that drove her to the suburbs, people who see this show identify deeply with its themes and are compelled to talk about them."
Garfield Park, Chicago: where the speed of gentrification accelerates and property taxes rise...
Hoody and D have been in the neighborhood for years. Czar and April have saved for years to buy their first home. As Hoody struggles to cover his property tax bill and Czar attempts to join the community, both fight to maintain separate identities and accept the changes surrounding them. BROKEN FENCES examines culture, race and socio-economics in the modern American Village with humor and humanity.
Oak Park Regional Housing Center is the Community Partner of 16th Street Theater for this production. OPRHC's mission is to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity throughout Oak Park and the region.