Downtown Race Riot

The New Group kicks off its 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Downtown Race Riot, starring Chloë Sevigny.

Performances take place in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

(Photos by Monique Carboni)

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

Running time: 
1hr 40mins (no intermission)
7 images
About Downtown Race Riot:

On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young men – all white except one – descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find. Downtown Race Riot takes us back to that day, to the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon, a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot. The boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever. A snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction, and when the stakes were truly life and death.

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
The New Group
Scott Elliott
Yael Lubetzky
M.L. Dogg
Derek McLane
Clint Ramos
Cast list:
Chloë Sevigny (as Mary Shannon), Cristian DeMeo (as Tommy-Sick), David Levi (as Jimmy "Pnut" Shannon), Moise Morancy (as Marcel "Massive" Baptiste), Josh Pais (as Bob Gilman), Sadie Scott (as Joyce Shannon), and Daniel Sovich (as Jay 114)
Other info:
Fight Direction by UnkleDave's Fight-House
Downtown Race Riot Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 14, 2017
Opening date: 
December 3, 2017
December 23, 2017

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Pershing Square Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Our Downtown Race Riot Review

Downtown Race Riot is not only set in 1976, much of this new play by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld feels like it was written in that era as well. It flows along with a distinct Lanford Wilson vibe: a messed up family and their friends moving through a large living space filled with odd sexual tensions, drugs and the threat of violence. A rinky-dink wall clock counts out the minutes in real time as the... Read more