Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone directs the project created and performed by the Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop star. The show began Jan. 11 and opened at the company's Thrust Stage Jan. 16. The run, originally slated through Feb. 10, now adds two weeks of performances.
Taking Over, according to show notes, "captures the indelible characters of [Hoch's] neighborhood in Brooklyn, where the melting pot is boiling over with ethnic and economic tensions."
Taking Over was workshopped — alongside the recent Till the Break of Dawn (which played Off-Broadway in September) — earlier this year at Berkeley Rep. The production features music composed by Asa Taccone and Drew Campbell.
Hoch earned acclaim for his solo show Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, which made its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 1997. The work earned him two Obie Awards and an Edinburgh Fringe First Award. In 2000 Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, which still appears annually in Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C. He adapted, co-directed and starred in the film version of "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop" and had an HBO special "Some People." His acting credits include "American Splendor," "Bamboozled," "Blackhawk Down," "Subway Stories," "The Thin Red Line," "War of the Worlds" and the recent "We Own the Night."
Berkeley Rep's season will continue with Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking (Feb. 15-March 30), Will Eno's Tragedy: a tragedy (March 28-April 27) and Theatre de la Jeune Lune's Figaro (April 25-June 8). Tickets to shows at Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA, are available by calling (510) 647-2949 or toll free at (888) 4 BRT-tix. For more information visit the website at www.berkeleyrep.org.