The Hip-Hop Theatre Festival offered theatregoers the opportunity to catch fully produced productions, workshops, readings and panel discussions on hip-hop theatre. The three-week festival began Sept. 23.
Hosted by New York University's Skirball Center, NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs and the Public Theater, the festival offered free performances of Danny Hoch's Taking Over: The All City Tour, which was previously seen at Berkeley Rep and will begin an engagement at the Public Theater Nov. 7.
The line-up also boasted a hip-hop "remix" of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's Voices: A People's History of the United States; and Marc Bamuthi Joseph's the break/s — described as a "mixtape for the stage" — which explores the evolution of a hip-hop artist through "one man's journey to find himself amid what family, society, and history have told him he is, or should be."
Additional works included Lemon Anderson's County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle, Cause They Said So!, Boom Bap Meditations, Insanity Isn't the Sixth Vowel and Paradox of the Urban Cliché.
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Founded in 2000, the annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival brings together the Hip-Hop generation and those interested in learning more about it in a celebration of the Hip-Hop culture. The non-profit festival has presented over 100 world-renown artists in festivals reaching major metropolitan audiences in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.