The Hip-Hop Theater Festival, which has settled itself in its downtown summer slot, along with Caseroc Productions and Complex Magazine will present "A Night of Hip Hop Theater" giving a taste of the participants in the last three years of the festival. Actor Malik Yoba (TV's "New York Undercover") hosts the event which will perform Dec. 11 at the Harry Du Jur Playhouse in downtown Manhattan.
Artists scheduled to appear include Will Power (performing excerpts from the upcoming Danny Hoch-helmed Flow); a one-act performance of Ben Snyder and Ari Esler's You Can Clap Now and an excerpt from O-live by Rafael Xavier.
Danny Hoch (Jails, Hospitals, & Hip Hop) launched the first New York City Hip Hop Theatre Festival with artists from all over NYC and the country. The two-week festival boasted headliner Sarah Jones with her much-acclaimed Surface Transit. Last year, (former participants) Hip-Hop Theatre Junction joined Hoch's Caseroc Productions to produce the event for the second time.
The Hip-Hop Theater Festival has spread nationwide, performing not only in New York City, but Washington, DC and this year adding a three-day event in San Francisco.
"A Night of Hip-Hop Theater" at The Harry Du Jur Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Center (446 Grand Street) is preceded by a reception and silent auction at 6 PM. The 8 PM performance is followed by an all-night after-party. Tickets ($40) can be purchased by calling (718) 782-2621. All proceeds will benefit the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. — by Ernio Hernandez