MAY 5 - 19, 2018
ArtsEmerson presents the 2nd annual Mr. Joy: The Neighborhood Tour, a series of free theatre performances of Daniel Beaty’s Mr. Joy, a play that explores issues of race and class in America to help us find our common humanity. Directed by David Dower and performed by Adobuere Ebiama, performances start May 5 in Charlestown at Bunker Hill Community College before traveling to Scituate High School (in partnership with METCO), Roxbury Community College, and Allston (in partnership with the BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center). Tickets to all performances on the tour are free; however, due to limited space, advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy's customers, from the bubbly eleven-year-old Clarissa (who captured everyone's heart in Daniel Beaty's Emergency
) to the sincere and savvy “gangsta granny” Bessie, we learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives. Playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty (Breath & Imagination, Emergency
) returns with another moving reflection on transforming pain into power, this time through the virtuosic performance by acclaimed actress Adobuere Ebiama. A poignant, funny and stirring solo piece, Mr. Joy
invites us to consider how we respond to violence as individuals and as a community, and the power of the invisible ties that bind us all.
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