Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - New York City, The Present. Main set: front room of the Prats apartment. Other areas: Corner of West 151 Street and Broadway, a bed area in VA hospital, an empty city lot, 148th st area, front gate of a construction yard.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
A View From 151st Street incorporates elements of spoken word poetry, takes a look at life and death on the titular street in uptown Manhattan. An undercover cop is undergoing rehabilitation after a shot to the head. As he re-learns words and recovers his memories, a coke-dealer turned wannabe rapper spins into a downward spiral. Cops, rappers, dealers, teachers, hustlers, husbands and wives dwell in the rhythms of rap, raw humor, aphasic staccato and live jazz.
"Playwright Bob Glaudini presents a story that emanates intense drama and human emotion." - Show Business Weekly
"Set in Harlem, Mr. Glaudini’s modest, quietly moving drama offers a needed corrective to flashier, more widely disseminated depictions of the meaner streets of Manhattan...Mr. Glaudini is too honest an observer to stoop to easy moralizing. But in showing how those who fall into the underworld withdraw from the embrace of friends and family, he finds a potent image to illustrate the dehumanizing effects of drugs." - The New York Times
A View from 151st Street was originally produced by the LAByrinth Theater Company at the Public Theater. It opened on October 18, 2007.