Sunday, May 21, 2017
ArtsEmerson is committed to bringing challenging and enlightening works of art to the stage and the screen. "Chapter & Verse" is the latest in this series of offerings, starring Daniel Beaty, who is known to Boston area audiences for his writing and for his acting.
This story of struggle and redemption in Harlem is gritty. One can almost smell the desperation as an excellent cast portrays the lives of men, women and young gang members clawing their way to survive one more day when the odds are stacked against them. This is an unblinking portrait lovingly portrayed that features an ending right out of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."
There are six more opportunities to see this film at the Emerson Paramount in Downtown Crossing - this coming Wednesday through Sunday.
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"On the heels of the City of Boston officially declaring April 20th Daniel Beaty Day, and a neighborhood tour of his powerful one-person play, "Mr. Joy," ArtsEmerson is proud to announce an exclusive engagement of screenings of Beaty’s film debut, 'Chapter & Verse.' Directed by Jamal Joseph, a leader of the Black Panther Party who spent time in prison, and starting Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva, reflects upon what it means to forge your own destiny in an outwardly harsh society."
"After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (BEATY) re-enters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, he is unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison. Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry where he befriends Ms. Maddy (DEVINE), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson Ty, a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the “law of the streets,” Lance risks sacrificing his “second chance” at freedom so that Ty can have a “first chance” at a better life."