Citizens Market

Citizens Market
Horizon Theatre
through June 24, 2018

Playwright Cori Thomas is a first generation American, the daughter of parents who came here from Brazil and Liberia. She knows of what she writes first-hand. This is a story of folks who Potus probably would not know. A small supermarket is being run by Jesus, (Cristian Gonzalez) who hails from El Salvador. A somewhat shy applicant gets hired to work the floor. She is Akosua (Jasmine Thomas) who is from Ghana, and she works alongside Ciata (Cynthia D. Barker) who got here from Sierra Leone.

Life is not a bowl of cherries for any of them, especially when the Immigration Service decides to expel Jesus, who has been around for quite a few years, and who has no record. There are a couple of customers who get deeply involved with the staff and they are Bogan (Allan Edwards) who is from eastern Europe, and his wife Morfina (Carolyn Cook) who may be from the same region.

What is so intriguing about this play, directed by Jeff and Lisa Adler with Jennifer Alice Acker, is that they manage to find laughter out of tragedy. Alas, that is not always the case, as the Bard may attest. But as the action progresses you will delve into a solution that is based on some real practices, but not in the usual way.

The incredible set by Moriah & Isabel Curley-Clay is sooooo real. It is set in the upper west side of Manhattan in current times, and days to come. This is the first in a three play series the Horizon shall do to deal with the American Dream. For, lest we forget, this is a nation founded by immigrants.

The show runs about an hour and forty minutes, and there is plenty of free parking at their facility in Little Five Points. More info at