can i touch it?
by Francisca Da Silveira
directed by Summer L. Williams
dramaturgy by Afrikah Smith
in partnership with the City of Boston’s Office of Arts & Culture
July 22 – August 13, 2022
The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Boston)
All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want ($0 minimum)
Shay Solomon is many things — a business owner, a single mom, a community leader — but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in Patron Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in Roxbury and Dorchester. At risk of losing her beauty supply store to the bank, she’s caught between the personal fight for her family’s livelihood and the systemic fight against gentrification. When pushed to her limits, Shay finds herself in the fantastical, peaceful place women of color have to recede into when they get asked stupid ass questions.
A hyper-local conversation-starter by Boston’s own Francisca Da Silveira, can i touch it? examines Black hair politics, the racial inequities faced by Black-owned businesses, and the tangled web of approaches necessary to create real social change.