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  • "Finding the Bronx River"scene 4 of common green/common ground
  • Jan Cohen-Cruz
CHRISTINA:

(Standing up) Majora lived just a few blocks from the Bronx River but she had never seen it.

LOZA:

I see buildings and smoke stacks

JASMIN:

mounds of garbage

JESSICA:

smoke coming out of factories

SHERISSA:

waste treatment facility

NAKIA:

scrap metal lots.

MARIA EL:

I know there must be a river behind all that-beyond all that-but I can't see it.

CHRISTINA:

Don't go down there, Majora.

LOZA:

It's not safe JASMIN: girls don't go down there

JESSICA:

there's crack dens

SHERISSA:

burned out buildings

NAKIA:

pushers and pimps.

ALL:

No way you can go down there, girl.

MARIA EL:

There's no access.

(Percussion)

MARIA EL:

One day she was walking her dog past the chain link fences and the dumps, and he led her down an alley and around some buildings and...

CHRISTINA:

And she saw the river (each one slowly clears away the person in front to see).

LOZA:

She found it

JASMIN:

the Bronx river

JESSICA:

I had never seen the river

SHERISSA:

I had never been to the water

NAKIA:

I had never touched the water

MARIA EL:

(Joining the group) There it is.

CHRISTINA:

Majora decided that everyone in the neighborhood should see the river.

ALL:

Let's clean it up! [End Page 140]

JASMIN:

Wealthy neighborhoods are doing amazing things with their waterfronts.

ALL:

Let's make a park!

SHERISSA:

With a boathouse, an ecology center, maybe even a little café.

NAKIA:

A place where you can go canoeing

MARIA EL:

and put on plays

CHRISTINA:

and see the sunset

LOZA:

and catch fish.

SHERISSA:

So Majora got a grant,

NAKIA and MARIA EL:

(Joining her) and lots of help from her friends at The Point!

CHRISTINA:

They hauled out hundreds of tires

LOZA:

acres of dry wall

JASMIN:

yards of fences.

SHERISSA:

They pulled things out of that river I couldn't even describe

JESSICA:

and they created a riverside park

MARIA EL:

on a little strip of an abandoned street

NAKIA:

in Hunt's Point,

JASMIN:

part of the new South Bronx.

CHRISTINA:

And that's the story of how Majora Carter found the Bronx River.

(Latin percussion takes them off.)


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common green/common ground performers from The Point in the scene, "Finding the Bronx River." Left to right: Nakia Sanchez, Sherissa Jarvis, Jessica Travis, Jasmin Cirera, Christine deJesus, Maria Elena Lopez-Frank, and Rebecca Loza. (Photo by Cindy Rosenthal)

[End Page 141]

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4715
Print ISSN
1054-2043
Pages
pp. 140-141
Launched on MUSE
2002-08-01
Open Access
No
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