LAByrinth Theatre Company member Liza Colon-Zayas brings her autobiographical Sistah Supreme to Danny Hoch's first Hip Hop Theatre Festival June 28 at P.S. 122. Stephen Adly-Guirgis directs and adapted the one woman piece. In Supreme, Colon-Zayas contemplates growing up as a young Puerto Rican girl in New York City's projects. With her hardened neighbors, dysfunctional relatives and Irish gangster stepfather, she finds strength in her mother, who struggles not to become just any urban statistic.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Colon-Zayas has been involved in inner-city school, shelter and drug rehabilitation programs as well as Off-Broadway performance. Credits include the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, The Story of a Soldier and Actor's Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure. Sistah Supreme previously made appearances at New York Stage & Film, Aaron Davis Hall and the Belmont Playhouse
The Hip Hop Festival, produced by Hoch (Some People, Jails, Hospitals, & Hip-Hop) opened with Sarah Jones' Surface Transit, running through August. Other featured performers included Hoch himself (June 20), Rolando Morales (June 15), Washington DC’s Hip Hop Theater Junction (June 21) and Will Power (June 24).
Tickets for Sistah Supreme are $25 ($15 for students). P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at 9th Street. For reservations, call (212) 477-5288. The Hip Hop Theater Festival is on the web at http://www.hiphop theaterfest.com.
-- By Christine Ehren