In the parking lot of a Washington, DC, Chinese take-out restaurant, 17-year-old Kim, a burgeoning graffiti artist, relates the short life, fast loves, and sudden passing of her older brother to gun violence.
Based on interviews with DC residents and archival research, VIGILANTE.ARTIST. encourages engagements between survivors and perpetrators of street violence. The piece attempts to complicate contemporary discussions about victims and perpetrators, questioning what motivates those who defend themselves with lethal force, and how the conflicts that ignite these public acts of justice might be resolved otherwise.
Developed under the guidance of Rebecca Rice for the Southwest Project at Arena Stage, VIGILANTE.ARTIST. is a solo theatre piece based on oral histories of DC residents in the Southwest quadrant of the city.