UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is pleased to welcome Chicago native, Eric Aviles (writer & performer) in his workshop Midwest Premiere of Where You From? What You Be About?, directed by Eddie Torres.
Where You From? What You Be About? was a common saying growing up in a disenfranchised community in Chicago during the 1980’s. Both the gangs and the police would stop you and pose these same interrogating questions. As a youth, one had to navigate the streets knowing how to be clever and careful on answering those questions. Where you from? was asking what neighborhood you lived in and your response would give them an assumption of What You Be About or what gang you may be in. The gang culture of claiming “your” neighborhood, causing community divisions, still exists in Chicago today. As gentrification and the cost of living have increased in these marginalized communities the disparity has contributed to the increasing gun violence in the last several years.
Chicago Performances located at:
2620 W. Division St.
Chgo, IL 60622
Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 PM
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 PM
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 PM
$15 Suggested Donation