Youre Gonna Cry

Written and Performed by Paul S. Flores / Directed by Brian Freeman

HBO Def Poet and Youth Speaks co-founder Paul S. Flores takes us back to the 1990s to capture the abrupt changes seen throughout the Mission District brought on by the dot-com boom and bust, the real estate bubble, constant immigration and forced evictions. Portraying a kaleidoscope of offbeat, vibrant characters, Flores gives voice to the techies looking to remodel the place, to the Latino bohemians wandering the bars and cafes, to locals and immigrants with a stake in the heart of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood. At the crux of You’re Gonna Cry is a heartbreaking story chronicling the human cost of gentrification. Flores brings a critical perspective combined with raw realism and even a gangster puppet show to illuminate a historic moment when the city’s facade and cultural landscape changed.

By Nancy Lopez "You're so politically correct that you're oppressive!" says one of the many characters Paul Flores, a self-proclaimed Mission District poet, portrays in his solo show "You're Gonna Cry." Don't worry - you'll laugh, too.