The Block



Commissioned by Working Theater as part of the FIVE BOROUGHS/ONE CITY Initiative.


with Yvette Ganier, Nathan Hinton, Robert Jimenez, Clinton Lowe, Flaco Navaja

2016 off-Broadway premiere and borough tour

May 28 – June 11: Urban Stages, Manhattan
June 13 – 14 : Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center, Brooklyn
June 16 – 17: Local 3 IBEW Auditorium, Queens
June 18 – 19: Pregones Theater, Bronx
June 21 & 23: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island


Set Design Raul Abrego ∙ Costume Design Sarita Fellows ∙ Lighting Design Alan C. Edwards
Sound Design Mark Van Hare ∙ Props Design Claire Kavanah ∙ Dialect Coach Beth McGuire
Production Stage Manager Danielle Teague-Daniels ∙ Assistant Stage Manager Genevieve Ortiz
Production Manager Tony Crawford ∙ Associate Production Manager Randi Rivera
Casting Support Annie Henk ∙ Press Representation Dan Demello

Dontrell’s just come back from upstate, no, not like Upstate upstate, just with his girl, you know, quiet workin’ man life. Now he’s back on his block in the Boogie Down, the South Bronx, where he did his dirt years back, but he’s not tryin’ to be grimy no more. Nah man, he’s trying to do good. But do you have any idea what that’s really like?


Based on conversations and interviews over two years in the South Bronx and with members of CASA, a project of New Settlement Community Apartments, comes a play that will change the way you look at New York.


The Block is part of Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative in which the Company commissioned 5 teams of writers and directors to create a piece of theater by collaborating with community members in neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs on NYC.