FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Cast of the New Group's DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT
The New Group will present Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Downtown Race Riot. Directed by Scott Elliott, this world premiere production begins previews November 14 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Sunday, December 3. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through December 23 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus LinneyCourtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).
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 takes us back to that day, to 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. Scott Elliott directs this world premiere of Downtown Race Riot for The New Group, launching the company's 2017-2018 season.
The company met the press today and BroadwayWorld is bringing you a sneak peek below. Check back later for complete coverage!
Photo Credit: Walter McBride