"Light It Up" was originally a 1999 film written and directed by Craig Bolotin, with exclusive rights given to Theater of Arts to be adapted and directed into a stage production by Jorge-Luis Pallo (co-adapted by Gerald Waters Jr). The story follows The Lincoln Six, a motley crew of “at risk” high school seniors who, during a frigid New York winter, hold a wounded police officer hostage while barricading themselves inside the school library. Located in a non-affluent district of the city, Lincoln High School has suffered many budget cuts resulting in a crumbling infrastructure, outdated text books, freezing classrooms, broken windows and a faculty that is stretched thin. On his first day of the job, Officer Dante Jackson (Joshua “Lyric” Johnson) is brought on campus to serve as a criminal deterrent for the restless students. But during an altercation with Zacharias 'Ziggy' Malone (Gerald Waters Jr), Lester Dewitt (Reece Cross), Stephanie Williams (Kathleen Benetiz), Rivers Tremont (Christopher Granlund), Rodney J Templeton (Thyrshon Battle) and Lynn Sabatini (Kalaiya Ramsey), the officer’s gun accidentally goes off and wounds him in the leg. The students are immediately branded as “gangsters” by law enforcement and the media, as they struggle to make meaning out of a situation they were all caught up in by happenstance.
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