February 9, 2017
Music by Ethan Pakchar
Music and Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Book by Harrison David Rivers
1863. Lower Manhattan. The intersection of Orange, Cross, Anthony and Little Water Streets. Five Points, a slum neighborhood, notorious for disease, crime and prostitution, serves as home to poor Irish Catholic immigrants, free blacks and white Protestants. In the midst of the first wave of Civil War drafts, John Diamond, a recently widowed father and Irish jig champion will do anything to ensure a future for his son, even if it means challenging Willie Lane, a young black step-dancing prodigy to a dance battle he may not be able to win. Inspired by historical events and the “birth of modern tap”, FIVE POINTS, charts the trajectories of two families—one white and one black—as they risk everything in pursuit of the American Dream.