Taking Over and Talking BackBy Caron Atlas
Taking Over and Talking Back: Theater as a Forum on Gentrification is an article by Caron Atlas about the community conversations following Danny Hoch’s performances of Taking Over in New York City neighborhoods. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an audience of 1000 people engaged in a call and response with Danny throughout the show and afterwards told their own stories of displacement. A longtime resident of Williamsburg’s Latino community said, “We fought poverty, violence and blight, and we made the Southside a better place to live. We are now strangers in our own neighborhood, and it’s painful.” The community dialogues were a collaboration between Danny Hoch, the Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Arts + Community Change Initiative and parters in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The article is part of Community Arts Perspectives, the publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project.