Daniel Ciszek: I give you credit for bravely living in the notorious 19th Ward, Kishore, but what is there to do over there besides thug?

Kishore Padmaraju: What is thug? Is that what rich people assume poor people do?

DC: No, rich people assume poor people will get a job.

KP: Whoa, whoa. What do you think this is? The 18th Ward?

DC: All I’m saying is that people in the 19th Ward should do something productive, you know, in between shooting people.

KP: Hey, shooting-free since Feb. 16 isn’t bad!

DC: By the time this gets out, you know that won’t be true.

KP: We live week-to-week in the Ward, you know that.

DC: In fear.

KP: Fear is just a word when your homeboy Tyrone’s got your back.

DC: You don’t know a Tyrone…

KP: True! But I could!

DC: Only if you owed him money.

KP: Money has no value in the 19th Ward. That’s the beauty of it. We live by our word and we die by our word. A man’s greatest possession is his honor.

DC: Really? That’s funny, because I just traded a Twix for a back massage the other day. Turns out homeless people don’t realize the value of dignity.

KP: You should see what they would do for a Klondike bar.

DC: Dear Lord, this conversation has gone off track. Besides the low rent, can you really give me any other reason to live in the 19th Ward?

KP: How about the culture, Danny? We are the Harlem of Rochester.

DC: I didn’t realize stabbing was an art form. We have gelato on Park Avenue.

KP: Wait, sir, we just got a Boulder Coffee. I think we just surpassed you in pretentiousness.

DC: Yeah, there’s nothing more pretentious than Boulder Coffee.

KP: You can talk down to me with your smug grin and full- body tan; I’ll take my low-income housing any day.

DC: Well, at least it’s not the South Wedge.

KP: So true…

Ciszek is a member of the class of 2009.
Padmaraju is a member of the class of 2009.

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There is blood, dirt and grime, and behind the scenes, there is blood, sweat and tears poured into this production that you can feel palpably on stage.

Please watch ‘Bigtop Burger.’ I am begging you.

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