Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:00–9:00 p.m.


Preforming Arts Center, Concert Hall

Where You From? What You Be About?

An autobiographical solo play set in the historically Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Written and performed by Eric Aviles
Directed by Edward Torres

This was a common saying growing up in disenfranchised communities in Chicago during the 1980s. 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 in answering these 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. The play seamlessly moves from the past to the present and tells a story of how one man and his family reconciles the influences and subsequent death of a family member due to gun and gang violence. A cousin’s funeral becomes the catalyst for confronting a buried truth, for facing the effects of growing up surrounded by poverty, violence, and the need for healing. This transformational journey is an interdisciplinary solo play that includes spoken word, video projections and a live DJ.

Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Sponsored by the Latino Student Association.

For more information, please contact:

Latino Student Association (LSA)
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