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Long Way Down

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Events for Young Audiences The Human Journey

D.C.-area native Jason Reynolds's New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production. Age 12+

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Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Fifteen-year-old Will’s brother has just been shot, and Will is ready to follow “The Rules”: 1) “No Crying.” 2) “No Snitching.” 3) “Get Revenge.” But on the ride down, with his brother’s gun in his pocket, his plan is interrupted by a few visitors.

D.C.-area native Jason Reynolds's New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production. Told entirely in free-form poetry, Long Way Down captures the potent minute Will contemplates retaliation. As mysterious guests appear at each floor, Will realizes there might be a bigger story to be told. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

Most enjoyed by age 12 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Please note: this performance contains haze effects.


Stay after for a Deeper Dive
After all performances, special guest experts will engage audiences in a conversation that unpacks the themes presented on stage.

Jason Reynolds will sign books prior to the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sat., 10/27 in the lobby outside of the Family Theater.

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
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Based on the book by Jason Reynolds
Adapted for the stage by Martine Kei Green-Rogers
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Featuring Justin Weaks as Will

Watch and Listen

Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down, on the Human Journey