Tom Griffin teaches Hispanic boys at a Catholic school on New York's lower east side. He tries to rescue one student: Lee Cortez, a talented artist trapped in a violent environment. Lee's home life is startlingly presented as the actor playing him also portrays his slatternly mother and his violent brother. Lee is murdered by his brother, a jealous maniac who can't stand to see him transcend the forces dragging him down. Terrific rap numbers are interspersed with the collage like scenes, providing a students' eye view of the world.
"A stunner. " - N.Y. Post.
"Wonderful dialogue." - N.Y. Daily News
"A timely combination of style and substance.... A gritty verismo entertainment about battered ideals." - N.Y. Newsday
"The material in the play is not new, but Mr. Cain presents it with uncommon honesty and ample humor." - Wall Street Journal