See Who’s Joining Chloë Sevigny in New Group’s World Premiere of Downtown Race Riot

Off-Broadway News   See Who’s Joining Chloë Sevigny in New Group’s World Premiere of Downtown Race Riot The Seth Zvi Rosenfeld drama will begin performances in November Off-Broadway.
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The New Group has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot, which will be seen November 14–December 23 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).

Directed by Scott Elliott, opening night is scheduled for December 3.

Joining the previously announced Chloë Sevigny as Mary Shannon will be Cristian DeMeo (Tommy-Sick), David Levi (Jimmy “Pnut” Shannon), Moise Morancy (Marcel “Massive” Baptiste), Daniel Oreskes (Bob Gilman), Sadie Scott (Joyce Shannon), and Daniel Sovich (Jay 114).

Downtown Race Riot is set on a summer day in 1976 when “a mob of young men—all white except one—descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find,” according to press notes. The play “takes us back to that day, to the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon, a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot. The boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever.”

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This production includes set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Yael Lubetzky, sound design by M.L. Dogg, and fight direction by UnkleDave’s Fight-House.

The New Group previously presented the world premieres of Rosenfeld’s The Flatted Fifth, directed by Jo Bonney (1997) and Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, directed by Carl Forsman (2006).

For ticket information call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, visit the box office at 416 West 42nd Street, or go to thenewgroup.org.

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