"Roxbury Strong”: young actors kill it, deliver history, inspiration.

Punctuated with beats by De La Soul and Slick Rick, and replete with an onstage D.J., the high school-aged performers of “Roxbury Strong” delivered a history lesson of their city’s sometimes besieged but unbowed residents. The stage is set up as multi-leveled platforms from which the actors delivered first person monologues in the character of a historic Roxbury persona, each representing a particular point in time. The name and photograph of each historic figure showed on a large screen behind them: Mike of Mike’s Donuts, Tariq Russell – a home health worker who has been shot 9 times, and police chief William Gross, to name a few. “Roxbury Strong,” Directed by Ron Jones, at Hiberian Hall,

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