WELCOME TO FEAR CITY
A World Premiere by Kara Lee Corthron
It’s July 1977 and the Bronx is HOT- hot from a heat wave, hot with this new riff called “hip-hop,” and painfully hot from the burning fires destroying the borough. E, a young African- American man, dreams of being a poet, but unemployment, a raging fiscal crisis, and a family on the brink of disaster drives him to ask a dangerous question: Can you love your “hood” if you take part in its destruction? This compelling story is about a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, social apathy, poverty, and an explosion of the new art form that’s electrifying the world.