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Where You From? What You Be About?
Downtown Arts
New York, NY
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Where You From?  What You Be About? is an autobiographical solo play set in the historically Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park Chicago.  Seamlessly moving from past to present, Where You From? What You Be About? tells a story of how a man and his family reconcile the influences and subsequent death of a family member due to gun and gang violence.  A cousins funeral becomes the catalyst for confronting a buried truth, for facing the effects of growing up surrounded by poverty, violence, and the need for healing. This transformational journey is an interdisciplinary solo play that includes spoken word, video, and a live DJ.  
Recommended for ages 12+

January 18th- February 4th, 2018
Thursday-Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Written and Performed by Eric Avilés

Directed by Edward Torres

Stage Manager- G.V. Maldonado
Lighting Design- Anna Carhart
Set & Projection Design - Carolina Ortiz
Projection Assistant- Anthony Dean
Sound and Music- Jonathan Hogstad
Costume Design- Cybele Moon

AUDIENCE BUZZ: What people are saying about the show.  

Freddy Rodriguez (actor for CBS show BULL, Planet Terror, Dead Presidents) "Hit a deep, personal nerve with me. Not only because I grew up in the neighborhood its based in, in that same era, but because Eric was able to capture the anxiety & volatility of the time. The fun, the nuances, while weaving it all together to tell a compelling story."

Joseph Sikora (actor for STARZ show POWER) "with truth, compassion, brutal honesty, Eric Avilés brings to life what it means to become a man -on your own terms -growing up in the hood."

Carmen Rivera (Playwright of La Gringa, La Caida de Rafael Trujillo)  "THANK YOU!!  For such a beautiful night at the theatre!!! The evening was so moving and healing ..... I feel like I was cleansed... you have created a communal catharsis ...Vaya!!!"

Candido Tirado (Playwright of La Canción, Fish Men)  "I highly recommend it if you like to have a healing transformative time in the theater. Eddie Torres, who also comes from the same background as Eric, directed it to perfection!"

Tickets $25
Discounts available for Groups, Students, Seniors

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Thursday Jan 18, 2018 8:00 PM - Sunday Feb 04, 2018 3:00 PM | Free - $25.00


Downtown Arts (View)
70 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > EDM, Dance, Rave
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Political

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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