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Company One's Hype Man: a break beat play

Company One's Hype Man: a break beat play

Frontman Pinnacle and his hype man Verb have been making hip-hop together since they were kids. Now that they’ve got top-notch beatmaker Peep One in the mix, the group is finally on the verge of making it big—until the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the trio to its core, forcing them to navigate issues of friendship, race and privilege. From break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin ("How We Got On"), this reimagined version of "Hype Man" filmed up close and personal asks: who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?

The new intimate and cinematic version of the world-premiere production directed by Shawn LaCount will be film-directed by John ADEkoje (2006 Roxbury Film Festival Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker) and incorporate animation by Barrington S. Edwards. Original cast members Kadahj Bennett, Rachel Cognata ("Gloria: A Life, Greater Good") and Michael Knowlton will reprise their roles. Returning original creative team members include Kadahj Bennet (music direction), Lawrence E. Moten III (scenic design), Lee Schuna (sound design) as well as Cassandra Cacoq (costume design). Sean Pieroth (lighting design) joins the team. Misha Shields was choreographer and Jessie Baxter was the dramaturg for the 2018 production, respectively.

"Hype Man: a break beat play" was developed by Goodwin with Company One Theatre. This reimagined presentation marks the sixth collaboration between C1 and A.R.T., which also includes "Greater Good," "Miss You Like Hell" and "We’re Gonna Die."

Location

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Harvard Square

Website

https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/hype-man-2021/?gclid=CjwKCAjw9MuCBhBUEiwAbDZ-7t3lUTIb4F2VZLXxQNXHo6XRwYQwnlLIZOTkuZiNJ0GhIJ0W945tGhoCOugQAvD_BwE

Date & Time

  • Fri Apr 16, 2021-Mon May 17, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Fri Apr 9, 2021-Mon May 10, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Sat Apr 10, 2021-Tue May 11, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Sat Apr 17, 2021-Tue May 18, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Sun Apr 11, 2021-Wed May 12, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Sun Apr 18, 2021-Wed May 19, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Thu Apr 15, 2021-Sun May 16, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Thu Apr 8, 2021-Sun May 9, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am
  • Thu May 6, 2021-Mon June 7, 2021

    • 11:30pm — 3:30am

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