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Downtown Race Riot

 



Chloë Sevigny headlines the New Group's world premiere drama which offers a snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction.

From the producers: 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.

NYC-born playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's works include "The Writing on the Wall," "The Blackeyed Brothers," "A Brother's Kiss," "Brothers Mothers and Others" and "A Passover Story." He is also the director of the film version of "A Brother's Kiss" and also wrote and directed "King of the Jungle" starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez.

"Downtown Race Riot" stars Chloë Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry," "Zodiac") as Mary Shannon. She is joined on stage by Cristian DeMeo, David Levi, Moise Morancy, Josh Pais, Sadie Scott, and Daniel Sovich. New Group Artistic Director Scott Elliott directs.

What's The New Group? Founded by Artistic Director Scott Elliott in the mid-90s, The New Group is an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. Past productions include the original production of the Tony-winning musical "Avenue Q" in 2003, and the critically-acclaimed revival of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" in 2005. More here.

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