Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty

Saturday, September 19 @ 8 pm



“Every character has something to cling to, giving their life some semblance of meaning and coherence …”

What happened to Mr. Joy? One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Daniel Beaty returns to the Forbes Center to explore that question and others related to race and class in his explosive solo play, MR. JOY, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 2013. Featuring poetry, music and multi-character transformation, MR. JOY is a hilarious and heartwarming piece of theatre that taps into the pulse of contemporary American culture.

Beaty plays all nine Harlem residents whose lives are disrupted when they discover Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant who has run a shoe repair shop in the neighborhood for decades, does not open for business as usual. Mr. Joy’s customers, ranging from 11-year-old Clarissa, a budding shoe designer, to Bessie, a “gangsta granny,” reflect on the shop owner’s impact in this moving exploration of one community’s efforts to heal in order to dream again. Beaty has won the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theatre, and two NAACP Theater Awards. His most recent play, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, just completed a national tour with stops in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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