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Opening Acts: February 14, 2020

FHJC ANNOUNCES NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

“≤”

ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRODUCTION TO RUN APRIL 24-26 AT FIVE ANGELS THEATER

The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is proud to announce the world premiere of a new play.

“≤” [Less Than or Equal To] is a collection of provocative monologues about housing discrimination, inspired by real life stories. The play poses a question to audiences about one of the most shrouded, misunderstood, and intractable domestic issues in America:  When it comes to shelter, do we continue to relegate certain populations to “less than” status, or take steps to ensure that all people enjoy full and “equal access to” housing?  And what is the continuing impact of housing discrimination and residential segregation on individuals, communities, and our nation? “≤” sheds new light on personal stories of discrimination, fair housing history, and the fight for justice.

The creative team for this original theatrical production includes playwright Justin Carter, director Adrienne Williams, dramaturg Michael Puzzo and FHJC National Projects and Investigations Coordinator Lizette Carrion. Each team member brings extensive personal experience to the subject matter, having been a part of FHJC’s fight against housing discrimination for many years.

There will be four free performances at the Five Angels Theater on West 52nd Street in Manhattan in April, coinciding with national Fair Housing Month. Performances dates are Friday through Sunday, April 24th through 26th. Casting and ticketing information will be announced soon.

The production is made possible in part by an Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI) grant from Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The mission of the FHJC, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is to eliminate housing discrimination; promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws in the New York City region.