Part of FringeNYC: A poet and her principles collide with a policeman's sense of justice when Mac, whose life is books and ideas, falls in love with Jab, a detective enraged at a killer's cold indifference. More…
Categories: Drama, Local. From Michael Palmer and 11 West Productions. Written by John Doble. Directed by Alberto Bonilla.
FROM THE ARTIST:
TO PROTECT THE POETS is a full-length drama about a poet and her principles colliding with a policeman’s sense of justice. Mac, whose life is books and ideas, falls in love with Jab, a detective enraged at a killer’s cold indifference to his vicious murder of a young woman. When Mac learns that Jab, in his outrage, delivered what he calls street justice, she must decide whether to hold on to her love or the ideals she’s lived by. Will Mac and Jab be star-crossed or will love conquer all?
The cast features: Elizabeth Alice Murray* (Amelia, Othello), John Isgro*, Angel Dillemuth*, Joy Donze* (Juliet, R&J), Ariel Kim (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Jamil A.C. Mangan* (Mother Courage and her Children, Classic Stage Company), and Deshawn Wyatte.
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. TO PROTECT THE POETS is an Equity Approved Showcase.
See it if you want to experience a good ensemble cast; relevant, serious subject matter; a heartfelt, sensitive love story; choices and reprecussions.
Don't see it if you're looking for light fare subject matter.
See it if You are interested in an opposites-attract story with a secondary story of murder and morality. There is a fair amount of humor interspersed
Don't see it if You do not like political and moral discussions of police brutality in a black-and-white stance. The play isn't profound or explorative
See it if you want to see a terrific ensemble in a contemporary tale of love, truth, justice, honor, and the difficult choices people make.
Don't see it if you're expecting a musical or a comedy (though this play has some funny moments)
See it if you are interested in a show that intensely explores the violence in our society and yet has many moments of laughter and charm.
Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.
See it if You want to see some solid acting from the more diverse members of the cast.
Don't see it if You feel that an inner-city teacher is an intelligent human being and that black, Hispanic and Asian actors should not be stereotyped.
See it if You enjoy poignant love stories & socially conscious discussion of ideas. A provoking drama with comedic moments. Fantastic cast!
Don't see it if You prefer musicals
See it if You want to challenge your known and possibly unknown socialized assumptions of how humanity "should be".
Don't see it if You are squemish when it comes to violence.
See it if You like emotionally rich drama that challenges the audience to make its own moral judgments. It forcefully elicits engagement with issues.
Don't see it if you merely are seeking entertainment only. It's hard to maintain a distance with this play.
See it if You are interested in drama, good acting.
Don't see it if You can't see/hear violence, want a comedy, aren't prepared to have your moral compass be challenged.
See it if you've ever had a difference of moral opinion with someone you love. Looking for a well written, entertaining, thought provoking show!
Don't see it if Not for younger crowds
See it if You are interested in changing the social climate we are living in today.
Don't see it if Your preferred solution to life issues is violence.
See it if You want to explore how people respond and think about social and moral issues. How seemingly opposite people can still connect and love.
Don't see it if Recounting stories of people doing horrible things to each other unbearable to listen to. Graphic scenes are described.
See it if You like plays about moral and social issues that also have charming love scenes.
Don't see it if You can't bear to hear a violent crime described (It is not shown - just described -- but it is meant to be disturbing).