Theater: Down Neck @ Riverfront
 

Theater: Down Neck @ Riverfront


Date(s): August 19, 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Riverfront Park

Cost: Free


Imagine

its

1967

in

Newark’s

Ironbound

and

the

neighborhood

is

booming!

Envision

African-°©‐American,

Portuguese,

and

Italian

families

inhabiting

the

area

and

living

as

one.

50

years

ago,

this

was

the

very

reality

of

the

East

Ward

neighborhood

affectionately

known as

“Down Neck.” Today, the Ironbound contains a population that has shifted from its origins, but that was not

always the case.

Newark’s Mural King & Artistic Director of Yendor Theatre Company, Rodney

Gilbert, will direct the World Premiere production of Down Neck by award-winning

playwright and Newarker, Pia Wilson. Wilson’s play delves into the lives of three

families and explores the myriad of ways the 1967 Newark Rebellion impacted them

and drastically changed the Ironbound’s landscape.

“This is a beautiful family piece with rich historical references and relatable

circumstances. Pia has crafted a play that exhibits the Ironbound’s cultural diversity

and untold stories, which we are excited to share” says Gilbert.

“Pia’s play not only educates me about a city I thought I knew, but it also serves as a

mirror showcasing issues that we are still encountering 50 years after the rebellion,

both on a local and national level” says Nicolette Lynch, an actress with the Yendor

Theatre Company.

 

The production will take place August 19th at the Newark Riverfront right in the heart of the community that inspired

this story. The Riverfront will be transformed into a true outdoor theatrical performance space. Founded in 2016,

Yendor Theatre Company (YTC) is Newark’s newest theatre company committed to diversity and inclusion in theater.

Since their inception, YTC has had numerous staged readings in and around the City of Newark, but this will be their

first full-length production.

The Newark Riverfront is the place to be on August 19th at 7:30 p.m. and this is a play you don’t want to miss!

Down Neck is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Admission is absolutely free and open to the community.

For reservations, email info@yendorproductions.com or call (973) 824-2386.

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