The Devil of Delancey Street

78th Street Theatre Lab
236 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Producing Artistic Director of Making Light, Sharon Fogarty presents the premiere of The Devil of Delancey Street, a dark musical comedy introducing British actor John Cunningham to the American stage. The musical depicts Lower Manhattan in the 1940s, a once rich, high-rent shopping district turned slum after the Depression. Jewish settlements and Christian societies disintegrated as residents in the Lower East Side lost faith in a God that would not take care of them. Crime rate and gang activity rose exponentially. Schools closed and inhabitants fled fearing the neighborhood had become possessed by the Devil. Inspired by "Angels," Mrs. Mary Chaste writes children's books which are banned by the church as being immoral. Without any income and penniless after her husband's death, she is frantic to provide for her daughter, Grace. However, her life on the streets leads to being kidnapped and held hostage in "a place so dark not even heaven can find her." Angels must call on the help of Damian, the neighborhood devil, to find Mrs. Chaste and keep her captive until her real enemy is revealed. Their relationship inspires Damian to ask the impossible; to be made flesh, a miracle granted only once before in the history of man. "Fogarty mixes humor and terror with a deft hand." - BACKSTAGE.