Busted City: Drama About Electing Chicago's First African-American Mayor, Staged in Real Bar
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This charming play by award-winning Boston playwright Ginger Lazarus follows a housekeeper whose… More
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very realistic; enjoyable memory of the 1983 mayoral election and how personal prejudices play into political divisions.
_Chicago, 1983. Race. Politics. Fear… And the election that changed everything.
Busted City_ is the story of a city standing on the brink of a major historical moment: the election of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. It is an examination of Chicago politics and prejudice, of race, of who gets a piece of the pie and how it got that way.
Election Day is drawing close, and tensions are running high in a non-descript Chicago bar. The bar is home to a bookie, Theo (Guy DiBenedetto), taking bets on the blood sport of Chicago politics. He is aided by his mentor, Jimbo (Michael Byrne), a retired South Side Irish cop, and their bagman, Al (Tony Pulgine), a South Side Italian cop just a few years from retirement. The restaurant next door is run by Theo’s gay brother, Johnny Jr (Nick Leininger). They are joined by Ace (Arch Harmon), a black mail carrier and long-time bettor at the bar, who sees in the election the promise of a triumph long overdue.