Riverwood – Seattle Public Theater & Langston @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Seattle – Central District)
By Andrew Lee Creech
Directed by Shermona Mitchell
In the midst of city-wide gentrification, rumors of building buyouts and community displacement swirl among the tenants at the Riverwood Apartments. When their worst fears are realized the lives of five people are thrown into upheaval. As 17-year-old Tel and Crunch navigate their place in society as young, Black men, building super Lenard dreams of hitting it big in the lotto. Community warrior Dédra fights to keep her neighborhood intact, while building manager Miss Penny is content to do away with it all. With painful pasts revealed and uncertain futures ahead, each member of this tight community finds themselves asking: how much would you risk in order to own your own dream? Part coming of age story, part slice of life, Riverwood explores the difficult nature of setting up roots and letting go.
Runs 5/18-6/5 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in the Central District (previews 5/18-19, opens 5/20)
Runs 6/16-26 at Seattle Public Theater at Green Lake (preview 6/16, opens 6/17)
Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale for all) here.