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Alejandro Arroyo's new Lower East Side lounge is struggling. His sister Molly's graffiti habit is getting more and more brazen and dangerous. Officer Derek's first days in the NYPD aren't going so smoothly. And graduate student Lelly Santago has just discovered a secret that could change the face of hip-hop history. Two Djs spin, remix, and tell the story in this family comedy about music, community, and the love of both.

Byron Bronson, GQ, Wade Allain-Marcus, Andres Munar, Tala Ashe, and Amirah Vann
Amirah Vann and Andres Munar
Wade Allain-Marcus, Andres Munar, Tala Ashe, and GQ
GQ, Joseph Minoso, and Edgar Sanchez
Christina Nieves and Edgar Sanchez
Cast Requirements

4 men
2 women

Set Description

multiple, unit, or environmental


Dramatists Play Service; University of Michigan Press (as part of Say Word: Voices from Hip-Hop Theater).


“... genuinely honest voice, an energetic, playful theatricality, and a confident...grasp of solid storytelling rooted in character. It seems an ideal piece for regional theater second stages, with an ability to appeal to a younger audience without alienating existing subscribers.” -- Variety

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“a sweet, loose-limbed shout out to Manhattan’s Lower East Side...shows that hip-hop can still goose mainstream theater instead of merely filling the diversity slot...the show’s exuberant vibe becomes so infectious, it’s easy to forget this is a story about two siblings recovering from the recent death of their only parent.” -- LA Times

Production and Development History

Productions: The Old Globe, West Coast Premiere, dir. Jaime Castañeda (2010); American Theater Company, World Premiere, dir. Jaime Castañeda (2010).

Workshop Productions: Summer Play Festival, dir. Jaime Castañeda (2005); Barebones Series, The Lark Play Development Center, dir. Margarett Perry (2005).

Workshops: Hispanic Playwrights Project, South Coast Repertory, dir. Michael John Garcés (2003); Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Master's Thesis Reading, dir. Rick DesRochers (2002).