Empire Gas

Bank Street Theatre
155 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Set in 1980 in a Long Island suburb, Empire Gas examines the effects of misplaced fear and racism on a community reeling from the shock of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. John Arno, a Vietnam veteran, returns to his childhood home and takes a job at a local gas station owned and operated by two Hindu brothers. When the town mistakes the brothers for Iranians and releases their rage on them, John helps the brothers at first but then must decide whose side to take.