Broken Fences by Steven Simoncic
"In a neighborhood on Chicago's deep West Side, the momentum of gentrification has taken hold and things have begun to change forever. As property taxes rise and demographics shift, Hoody and D struggle to keep the only home they have ever known. But when April and Czar -- a white couple intent on starting a family -- buy their first home and move in next door, the very definition of home is called into question. With unflinching honesty and unapologetic humor, Broken Fences examines identity and invisibility, community and security, hope and hostility in a modern American urban village that is at once foreign, and the place these characters call home."
"Broken Fences made me acutely uncomfortable–and that’s the highest recommendation I could possibly give a production grappling with this difficult subject. It’s much truer to life than Act II of Bruce Norris’ acclaimed Clybourne Park, which purports to address the same issue, and much more even-handed. What Broken Fences manages to portray is the usually hidden face of institutional racism: a system in which no amount of good will can compensate for the economic fact that my gain is your loss.Broken Fences is the “conversation about race” people are always claiming to want. Once you see it, you’ll know why the discussion never takes place: getting new ideas is always painful, and people rarely volunteer for discomfort." Kelly Kleiman, Dueling Critics
Published by Original Works Publishing
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