Theater for a New Generation

in association with

Ramy and Robert Sharp

Cindy and Devin Wenig

Jeffrey Lipsitz

presents

CORNER WARS

By TIM DOWLIN

 

www.tfang.org

 

Based on the January 13 through February 2, 2003 run at 47th Street Theater

 

Directed by MEL WILLIAMS

Lighting Designer DANA STERLING

Scenic Designer JUSTIN GRANT

Costumes HUS/WEAR, PARNELL GERVAIS

Stage Manager DAVID TYLER

Music and Lyrics STRONGARM ENT/ROUNDTABLE

Publicity ORIGLIO PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

Starring

Susie Amato, Ramon Aponte, Rick Cao, Eric Carte,r Omar Evans

Joel Holiday, Kyra Knox, Cornell Mclntosh, Warren Merrick III

Erika Myers, Carolina Rios, Michael Daniel Sharp, David Shaw

Joyce Storey, Ray Thomas, Chris Williams

 

Inspired by actual murders, and set amidst the crack trade in Philadelphia, CORNER WARS examines the modern meaning of the American Dream through the precarious lives of the dealers and users of illegal drugs. The benign concept of the after school job is rendered dangerous in this, an era in which a child is more likely to gain experience and employment with the corner crack dealer than the local shop owner. In a time of a decaying urban economy, we are presented with a Philadelphia of few choices and even less money. At least, that is what the dealers hope the locals will believe and accept as their undeniable reality.

 

Surely, economics do play a part. In CORNER WARS, we meet scores of folks who have been hit hard. They have turned to drugs for comfort or for commerce, and most seem to want a way out. With few options, looming violence, and ever-younger generations vying for a crate on the corner, the overall message is that drugs, the underground economy, and the ramifications of the new reality mean that there are many questions, but no solutions.

 

The social workers, and even the police are useless in CORNER WARS. They make appearances, in lieu of any parents, but they are ineffective or simply na´ve. The kids generally have plans ranging from business school (funded by crack sales) to simply maintaining their position in the neighborhood. Here, however, the dreams are dark, and generally depressing even when fulfilled.

 

CORNER WARS is dank by design. Sometimes feeling like a High School play, but sincere in content, it is a powerful commentary on the lives that are youth are living in these days of indecision.

 

- Kessa De Santis -

 

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