Mr. Joy

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Mr. Joy

By DANIEL BEATY

SEPT. 23 - OCT. 22, 2017
Shelterhouse Theatre
About

Directed by NICOLE A. WATSON

What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of a sudden and violent attack. Through the lens of nine of Mr. Joy's customers – all brought to life by one actress – we learn the subtly profound and unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives. Poignant, thoughtful and stirring, Mr. Joy invites you to celebrate the power of the invisible ties that bind us all. Written by Playhouse favorite and Dayton native Daniel Beaty!

“An absorbing journey to watch.” – Boston Globe


ADVISORY:
Mr. Joy is appropriate for adults and older teenagers. The show is a depiction of individual hardships in an inner-city community of Harlem, New York, and contains adult language and realistic narratives describing violence.

RUNNING TIME: Mr. Joy runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

 

 

Artists

Debra Walton

Clarissa/Bessie/DeShawn/ John Lee/Rebecca/ Peter/Clifford/Ashes/James

Daniel Beaty

Playwright

Nicole A. Watson

Director

Misha Kachman

Set Designer

Kenton Yeager

Lighting Designer

Amatus Karim-Ali

Sound Designer

Stephanie Klapper

Casting Director

Andrea L. Shell

Second Stage Manager

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