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When I first walked into the auditorium of the Grand Street high school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a surge of fear went through my body. In a few short hours, we were scheduled to perform Taking Over, Danny Hoch's fiercely passionate solo show about gentrification and the human cost of capitalism. The hall resembled an airplane hangar: a huge, unbroken rake of almost a thousand seats, whose vast walls were adorned with brightly colored murals depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. There was no balcony, no sound baffling, no scrim of any size capable of rendering the images on our video reel. To top it off, we had never performed the show in a house of more than 450 seats. All in all, it seemed we were headed for disaster.The performance in Brooklyn was coming on the heels of a free tour of the Bronx and Queens -- the brainchild of Oskar Eustis,
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