Dan Norman


Five Points

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from April 4-May 13
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. and Sun. from April 8-May 13
2 p.m.
Dance, Theater

Named after the infamously rough section of NYC where in the early 1800s gang allegiance was often equated with hereditary identity, Five Points follows the intersecting paths of two historic figures, an African American dancer popularly known as Master Juba and his equally renowned Irish American counterpart, John Diamond. Lauded for astonishing displays of fleet-footed abandon, these two performers would be famously bound by a series of dance challenges that managed to, in their frenzied improvisation, create such original forms as tap. Local playwright Harrison David Rivers brings this history to life with the nuances of the period, while the New York-based team of Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar amplify the drama with rhythmically propulsive songwriting. In directing this world-premiere production, Theater Latté Da artistic director Peter Rothstein oversees a charismatic cast headlined by Ben Bakken, Lamar Jefferson, and Dieter Bierbrauer. For tickets, go to