Hoch's Till the Break of Dawn Officially Opens at Culture Project Sept. 13

News   Hoch's Till the Break of Dawn Officially Opens at Culture Project Sept. 13
 
Till the Break of Dawn, the latest piece by Hip-Hop theatre artist Danny Hoch, officially opens at the Culture Project Sept. 13. Previews for the eight-week limited run began Sept. 4.
Gwendolen Hardwick and Jaymes Jorsling in Till the Break of Dawn.
Gwendolen Hardwick and Jaymes Jorsling in Till the Break of Dawn. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Off-Broadway production of Till the Break of Dawn marks the first commercial production of Hip-Hop in straight-play form. Culture Project artistic director, Alan Buchman, said in a recent statement, "With this play, Danny Hoch brings his considerable genius to the stage as eleven actors portray characters we have grown to know and love. In Till The Break of Dawn, the brash outcry of today's injustice meets the weathered heroes of yesterday's resistance movement in, where else, but Cuba?"

Dawn is the Hip-Hop theatre pioneer's first new work to be presented to New York audiences since 1998. Hoch directs his work that centers on "Gibran, an internet Hip-Hop activist, [who] leads a group of his New York friends on a trip to Havana to attend a festival. They've always been radical at home, but in Cuba, radical means something else. So does Hip-Hop, and so do they," according to press notes.

Featured in the cast of Till the Break of Dawn are Bambadjan Bamba, Dominic Colon, Patty Dukes, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Gwendolen Hardwick, Jimmie James, Jaymes Jorsling, Maribel Lizardo, Flaco Navaja, Johnny Sanchez and Luis Vega.

The creative team includes Andromache Chalfant (set design), Garin Marschall (lighting design), Valerie Marcus Ramshur(costume design) and Jill DuBoff (sound design).

Hoch is the founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, now in its seventh year, which continues annually nationwide. Hoch's Obie-winning Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop was adapted for film. In addition to his stage work, Hoch's HBO special, "Some People," earned him a Cable Ace Award. He has also appeared in the films "Bamboozled," "Subway Stories," "Thin Red Line," "Blackhawk Down," "American Splendor," "War of The Worlds" and the upcoming "Lucky You" and "We Own The Night." Hoch is currently writing a full length Hip-Hop musical entitled A Word Is Born.

Till the Break of Dawn plays the Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.cultureproject.org.

Flaco Navaja, pattydukes, Jaymes Jorsling, Maribel Lizardo, Johnny Sanchez and Matthew-Lee Erlbach in <i>Till the Break of Dawn</i>.
Flaco Navaja, pattydukes, Jaymes Jorsling, Maribel Lizardo, Johnny Sanchez and Matthew-Lee Erlbach in Till the Break of Dawn. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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