ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presents Emergency. The culmination of a year-long artistic residency for writer/performer Daniel Beaty. A slave ship has just mysteriously emerged in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending New York City into a whirl of emotion and self-examination. Daniel Beaty portrays a cast of over 25 characters in this explosive and funny tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation and song. Seen through the lens of a single family at the center of the maelstrom, Beaty delightfully teases out his tale with the colorful commentary of neighbors and bystanders. Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free.