It’s the forgotten concrete outskirts of New Jersey, all crumbling overpasses and shuttered discount stores. A derelict bus stop at night littered with cigarette butts and broken beer bottles. Darja, a sharp-tongued Polish immigrant, struggles to get by as a cleaner for the more fortunate. The hope of a better life in America is turning out to be impossible.
A critical sensation off-Broadway, Ironbound is a play about the constant battle to eke out a modest existence as a woman at the bottom of the heap. In a series of scenes across the span of thirty years, it’s a story of fitful joy, dark humour and constant struggle underneath the sprawling highways of the Garden State.