Official Trailer for Katori Hall’s “Hurt Village”

Posted on March 1, 2012 /Broadway, Theater


Katori Hall‘s “Hurt Village” is set in a Memphis public housing project that’s extremely dangerous. The story focuses on Buggy (Corey Hawkins), who is back after years of military service in Iraq. The welcoming committee includes his outsize grandmother Big Mama (Tonya Pinkins) and Cookie, the 13-year-old daughter he never knew (Joaquina Kalukango), a precocious and eagle-eyed rapper. The family is forced to move when the projects are in the process of being demolished.

“Hurt Village is also going to hit you. Hard. I yell-laughed throughout many of the scenes but, often, tears soaked my face,” reviewed Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. “Like an August Wilson play, steeped in regionalism and hyperlocal culture, you will have to listen closely and study hard, because Katori Hall is testing every fiber of your humanity. This is the wonder and magic of live theater and what the Signature Theater team has to offer. If you’re not ready to deal with the bombastic brilliance they present onstage when they tell you, “Listen up, cause this be a cautionary tale,” you may just want to get a safety belt and strap yourself in, lest you get hurt.” Read the full review here.

Hurt Village is at the Signature Theater, 480 West 42nd Street and runs through March 18. Be mindful of the shows with talkbacks. All Seats, all shows are just $25. For tickets or more information, call 1 (212) 244-7529.


Off-Broadway’s ‘Hurt Village” Production Photos 

Ron Cephas Jones, Tonya Pinkins, Saycon Sengbloh Cast in Katori Hall’s ‘Hurt Village’