Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is preparing for its season’s premiere with Welcome to Arroyo’s, transforming the Steinbach Theatre into the Lower East Side dive and bringing the history of hip-hop to the Andover community. Written by Kristoffer Diaz, Welcome to Arroyo’s is a family comedy filled with hilarious and touching moments about the importance of family, community, music, and identity told through the hip-hop and rap stylings of Trip and Nelson, the MC’s of Arroyo’s lounge. Al Arroyo struggles to bring to life the formerly known bodega owned by his/her late mother, into a thriving Lower East Side lounge, called Arroyo’s. His/her younger sister Molly is constantly rebelling against society and in particular, a young NYPD cop by the name of Derek Jeter. Lelly Santago, a graduate student in New York, has recently discovered what has to be the most well-kept secret in hip-hop history and has now made it her mission to share the news with all of New York.
Latinx culture, infused with the four elements of hip-hop, along with the style and essence of New York City, Welcome to Arroyo’s features lessons in identity, DJ and MC work, graffiti, and hip-hop music all in one show.
Directed by Allen Grimm and Libby Jancsy, Welcome to Arroyo’s opens Thursday, November 8, and runs through November 11. Show times are available below. All shows take place in the Steinbach Theatre, located in the George Washington Building.
Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.