August 7th: Pay What You Can
August 8 & 9: $13
FUTUREWORLDS 5: Escape from JollyWorld is a theatrical hip hop multimedia tour de force, written, produced, and performed by the members of AS220 Youth, that tells the story of a drug addicted rapper, Marley Man, who finds himself in JollyWorld – a hyper animated dimension – and signed to a record label that makes its profits by taking endorsements from Big Tobacco and Pharmaceutical companies. On his journey, he meets two elder musicians who help him understand the roots of his addiction and more importantly, those who are benefiting from it. As he learns more about his past and the institutions that have controlled it, JollyWorld begins to collapse. How will Marley Man confront his addiction? Will he make it out of JollyWorld alive?
Futureworlds 5 explores the many factors that lead people towards addiction, and how communities of color have been disproportionately criminalized for a disease that is now gaining growing compassion and policy reform. At the same time, our aim is to educate young people about the dangers of abusing drugs, with a special focus on opiates and nicotine.
This event is all ages, but please be advised that it contains drug content and swearing.
Futureworlds 5 is supported by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Brown School of Public Health, RI Department of Health, CVS Health, Governor’s Workforce Board Real Skills of Youth, City of Providence Office of Economic Opportunity, Blick Art Materials, DBVW Architects, Pezzuco Construction, Cornish Associates, Pinnacle Plumbing & Heating, and Regency Plaza.