On Our Shelves Now
3 men, 4 women
In a tucked away corner of North Philly, six regulars gather at a neighborhood watering hole. Over twenty years, they turn their collective memories into a vivacious mythology. The tales they’d rather forget, however, keep sneaking up and tapping them on the shoulder. At Daphne’s Dive, an aloe plant, a girl’s sneaker, a stiff drink, and mounds of trash become talismanic treasures to a group of outsiders trying to be “in” together.
“…[a] slow-burning, vibrantly sketched portrait of a scruffy North Philly booze joint…as much a portrait of a gentrifying community as a splintering group of friends.” —Time Out (New York).
“Hudes has a fine grasp of the friction created by the social tectonic plates that shift according to the waves of gentrification and governance. Each of these characters is good company…” —Deadline.com.
“[DAPHNE’S DIVE] has a fierce compassion for its characters and an ardent love for Philadelphia’s diversity…there’s an unassailable heart to Hudes’ work…" —The Guardian (US).