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I n  M y  C o r n e r

Joe Orrach’s "In My Corner" is a unique play directed by Jeremiah Chechik (known for "Benny and Joon," "Diabolique," and "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation"). The narrative revolves around dynamic characters portrayed by versatile actor, tap sensation, and former USAF welterweight boxing champ Joe Orrach. Combining tap dance, boxing, salsa, and live music, the play offers an energetic yet intimate exploration of a father-son relationship, set against the backdrop of the Bronx.

Originally conceived as journal entries by Joe Orrach to navigate a confusing period in his life, Lizbeth Hasse transformed them into a theatrical piece with a rich cast of characters. The heart of the play lies in its movement and rhythm, underscored by an original score composed by virtuoso pianist Matt Clark. Set in the late 60s and early 70s, the play is infused with the musical genres of the time, including rock, blues, Latin, and jazz, capturing the essence of a Nuyorican upbringing on Long Island.

After successful workshops in San Francisco and Oakland, "In My Corner" premiered at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles in 2013, garnering critical acclaim. Since then, it has been performed in theaters, opera houses, and various venues across the US and Europe, including Paris, St. Petersburg, and San Quentin Prison. Adapted to smaller venues and online workshops post-2020, the play continues to engage audiences with its innovative storytelling.

Moreover, "In My Corner" has made a significant impact in local high schools, where students actively participate in production activities and engage in discussions about storytelling through movement. The incorporation of dance and movement encourages physical exercise in a lively and enjoyable manner, fostering high enthusiasm and deep engagement among students.

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