Mr. Joy
By Daniel Beaty
October 1 to 3, 2020 at 7:30PM
Starring Debra Walton
ArtsEmerson presented by Central Square Theater

What haArtsEmerson logoppened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy’s customers, from the bubbly eleven-year-old Clarissa to the sincere and savvy “gangsta granny” Bessie, we learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives. Mr. Joy is a moving reflection on transforming pain into power through a virtuosic performance by Debra Walton.

This production is subject to the approval of Actors’ Equity Association’s (AEA) requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic. AEA is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Reservations will be available on Monday, September 21.

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I was so immersed in this piece in a way that I haven’t been in a piece of theater in a long time.
— Jared Bowen, WGBH
Currents of urgency. Exhorts us to pay attention.
— The Boston Globe
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