The Unwritten Law Chesney Snow

About This Show

The Unwritten Law weaves a Black American family’s 100 year narrative with contemporary dance, live music, drama, visual projection and poetic storytelling detailing the family’s love, resilience and survival. Examining true and poignant stories that bring to life the vivid characters that helped shape Snow’s life, the work simultaneously draws parallels between the early 20th century Jim Crow South and the current reality of the New Jim Crow. Snow presents his journey from the legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, from homelessness to Harvard University, to ultimately starring on the Broadway stage.

About the Artists

Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk award winning actor, beatboxer, poet, and songwriter currently starring on Broadway at Circle In The Square in the new musical In Transit. Snow is a pioneering figure in American beatbox culture having created and co-founded the World Beatbox Association and the American Beatbox Championships. He starred in and executive produced the award-winning film American Beatboxer which has distributed and Broadcast on Revolt TV and placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame archives. Selected New York credits include Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This”, “To Kiss a Wound” (Dixon Place), Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, Back From The Front (NY FRINGE), and Primary Stages’ world premiere of In Transit.

Rebecca Arends earned a B.A. in History and Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended The Ailey School (Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship Recipient) under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She has collaborated with the Seán Curran Company for eight seasons and assisted Mr. Curran on various projects spanning opera, a cappella and concert dance commissions. Notable credits: Anybodys (El Paso Opera’s West Side Story); The Kiss (Tino Sehgal, Guggenheim Museum); Trainor Dance; Ana Isabel Keilson Company; Rosario/Adriane Lee. Ms. Arends is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of FreshDance at Drexel University. Rebecca founded RAREdancework in 2014 and her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Greenspace, and Constellation-Chicago. She is also a longstanding member of SAG-AFTRA and continues to work in film and television.

Monday, January 30 at 7:30pm

General Admission
$15 in advance
$18 at the door


Estimated Runtime
65 minutes

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Written and Performed by
Chesney Snow

Directed and Choreographed by
Rebecca Arends

Music composed by
A.J. Khaw & Varuni Tiruchelvam

Projection design
Emre Emirgil

Rebecca Arends
Maleek Washington