Unrest brews as new homeless shelters open in affluent neighborhoods around Manhattan. This play follows the journey of Lemarcus and his 8-year-old daughter Aniyah as they transition into a shelter located in Hell’s Kitchen, a trendy neighborhood that is associated with progressive ideals. These values are put to the test when residents are forced to respond to the growing homeless population in their backyard. A political feud emerges between the liberal District State Senator and the conservative Hell’s Kitchen Block Association Leader over how to deal with the rising tensions and real life implications of these recent changes. Amongst the residents that become invested in the local politics surrounding this issue are an engaged couple, Charlie and Alistair, a local restaurant owner and a psychology professor. While Lemarcus faces a series of personal and societal hurdles to secure a brighter future for Aniyah, Charlie and Alistair confront their own prejudices and explore what it means to live their convictions.
In this interactive live-streamed production, the audience is polled at certain key points as these characters navigate moral dilemmas, ultimately leaving the outcome of the story in the audience’s hands.
Free and open to the public; registration required. In lieu of a ticket price, the organizers ask that attendees consider supporting Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
Hosted by the Center for Science and Society and supported by a 2020 Seed Grant to The Living Lab.