Blessed Unrest presents the New York premiere of this controversial drama about marginalized young artists of color who are willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible. More…
A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago, decide to introduce themselves. They paint a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking us to reconsider what art is and where it belongs while bringing dire consequences on themselves.
See it if You are drawn to an undramatic retelling of real events, didactically promoting graffiti as an art form with a side order of love story.
Don't see it if You would be unhappy to see this inexplicably substituting puzzle solving for the actual art of graffiti writing, within a leaden story.
See it if You look for stories not usually told. You are interested in the history and politics of street art.
Don't see it if You prefer a slightly more polished production (though I recommend this anyway for the purposes of learning and exposure.)
See it if You like well-acted plays about real events, people and situations that you know next to nothing about.
Don't see it if You want an obvious ending/moral to a story or don't like small, intimate theaters with imaginative staging and sets.
See it if you like well told stories acted beautifully; you have an interest in graffiti as art; you are interested in stories of urban youth
Don't see it if you can't be open minded about the place graffiti holds in the art world; you aren't interested in stories of urban youth.
Also If you care about diversity in theater this is a must see.
See it if You’re into plays that take a deep dive into the how and why of art and the drive of an artist on the outside looking in.
Don't see it if You’re into conventional narrative fare. You consider graffiti to be vandalism and not art.