AWAKE has been in active development since 2009. Originally this piece was focused on examining the lives of those living in one of the notoriously run-down high-rises in Jamestown. At that time it was called HIGH RISE and was set in a high-rise courtyard.
However, after interviewing current and former gang members, people who had been shot, people who had probably shot others, gun runners, drug dealers, the cops who have busted them, and moms who had seen their sons die in front of their eyes and in their arms, it was soon realized that this story isn’t about a building. This is a story about mourning the loss of lives, the loss of opportunity, and the loss of hope. At the same time it is also a story about celebrating these lives, celebrating the culture coming from this area, and celebrating hope.