Young Jimmy (James Stanek) is desperate to escape his apparent future as a low-level mobster in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He follows his heart and auditions for a role in a Shakespearean production at New York's famed Joseph Papp Theatre. And he gets thepart, mostly because the veteran director (Olympia Dukakis) sees promise in Jimmy's raw talent. But when Jimmy inadvertently discovers two of his boyhood hoodlum friends chopping up a body in order to conceal a mob-ordered murder, he becomes a liability-- and a target. Now memorizing his lines for opening night is the least of his worries as the gang members invade his new life.