Mr. Joy

By Daniel Beaty Directed by Vivienne Benesch

A neighborhood finds renewal, healing and hope

Tangela Large brings her award-winning performance to Chapel Hill. In this uplifting one-woman show, a Harlem community takes stock when a Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop mysteriously doesn’t open one morning, causing an array of customers to realize what the shop owner has meant in their lives. Large plays nine distinct characters as we explore gentrification, racism, and open-mindedness in this diverse, New York City landscape.


Some language and themes may not be appropriate for all audiences. We recommend this production for patrons ages 14 and older.

“the most uplifting and inspiring theater you’ll see this year”


“Tangela Large inhabits each character fully, carrying us from the hilarious to the heartbreaking at a moment’s notice.”

“McKay Coble’s design of the single set is inspired.”

Garret Southerland, Talkin’ Broadway

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Why See “Mr. Joy”?

A Special Performance by Tangela Large