While Brownsville Bred is Del Valle’s experience of life growing up in Brooklyn at the height of the Crack & Crime Epidemic – her story is one that many will find relatable. Brownsville Bred is a MUST SEE. You don’t have to be Puerto Rican (or even Latino) or from New York or of the generation to appreciate it. It goes beyond all of those things. Brownsville Bred is a journey of the human experience and what it means to persevere against all odds.
Once a writing professor told me that a good writer is able to put their pain on the page. Del Valle puts her pain and joy on the stage, front and center. And she does it with grace, humor and hope.
After the show, Del Valle invited the audience to meet her at the bar up the block. And even though it was 9 pm on a Monday and I had a long train ride home, I headed to the bar. And I was so happy I did! One of my friends is friends with Elaine (I think I can call her Elaine from this point on) and she made the introduction.
I got home after 11pm on a Monday night. And I was feeling it the next day, but it was so worth it.