Past Event

Feb 27—Mar 16, 2016

Mr. Joy

The Neighborhood Tour

“Currents of urgency. Exhorts us to pay attention.” 

— The Boston Globe

A poignant story of class, race and learning to dream again.

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 Debra Walton. 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.



The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Emerson/Paramount Center
559 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111


Feb 27, 2016 - Mar 16, 2016


90 minutes, no intermission

Ages 12+