New York City
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, becomes the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy’s customers, from the bubbly 11-year-old Clarissa (who captured viewers’ hearts in Emergency) to the sincere and savvy “gangsta granny” Bessie, audience members learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on others’ lives. Mr. Joy: Neighborhood Tour is the work of playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty (Emergency).