By Carey Purcell
01 May 2013
Set in the late 1970s, SummerStage's King Kong celebrates the developing forms of hip-hop music and graffiti art that began in the South Bronx, in keeping with the festival's focus on the evolution of hip-hop over the last 40 years.
Described in press notes as a "music/dance/comedy spectacle that radically subverts everything you thought you knew about one of the most famous love stories of all time," King Kong follows two brothers who embark on a journey in search of a new sound and its greatest performer, who they were told resides in the far-away land of the South Bronx. There they meet a rapper named King Kong.
Weiner and Preisser are no strangers to innovative theatre; Weiner launched the late-night venue the Box, the "theatre of varieties" on Chrystie Street, and is a producer of the immersive theatre project Sleep No More. Mr. Preisser is the founding artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, as well as a director, writer and producer.
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