A World Premiere by Kara Lee Corthron
Directed by Nicole A. Watson**

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.

Sponsored by Lawrence Dean & Mina Goodrich

“You got too much want in you baby. It’ll burn ya up.”

Performed with an intermission.
Concessions located in the Copper Canyon.

Warnings: mature language, haze, and strobe lights.

Welcome to Fear City was developed with the support of PlayPenn, Paul Meshejian, Artistic Director.

Supported, in part, by grants from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of Tides Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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