New York Theatre
Live DJ – DJ Reborn
Sets – David
Prices: all tickets, $30.00
Description: Written and performed by the dynamic young artist Will Power, FLOW is the tale of seven storytellers, their quest for survival in a world of modern, urban pitfalls, and the search for a new language to make age-old lessons endure for a younger generation. Portraying many characters, Will Power tells his story through vivid images conjured with eloquent rap and rhyme, and fluid, startling physical movement. DJ Reborn accompanies Will Power in FLOW, punctuating the spoken word with music created specifically for the performance.
FLOW is a co-production between New York Theatre Workshop and the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival. The first three performances of FLOW will be presented as part of the 2003 HHTF; the production will then have an extended run as part of NYTW’s 2002-2003 season. Last fall, with support from NYTW, Will Power and Danny Hoch spent one month developing FLOW as the inaugural workshop of the newly created Jonathan Larson Lab.
Dates: first preview, Thursday, June 12; opening night, Thursday, June 26; final performance, Sunday, July 20
Performance schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30pm; Saturday, 5:00pm & 8:30pm; Sunday, 5:00pm
Thursday, June 12, 9:00pm curtain
AfterWords (post-performance discussions): Saturday, June 28, meet-the-artist event after 3:00pm performance
Running time: to be announced
About the artists:
Will Power is an actor, rapper, playwright, and spoken word artist whose work is internationally recognized as a vital voice of his generation. His performances, workshops, and lectures have been seen in 25 states and over 55 cities abroad including Paris, Amsterdam, Strasburg, Vienna, London, Glasgow, Cologne, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Viewed as a pioneer in the emerging genre of Hip Hop Theatre, Power has been featured in several publications such as VIBE, The Source, American Theatre, and on numerous television stations including Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. Power’s solo show, The Gathering: a hip hop theater journey to the meeting places of Black men is considered by many to be one of the first hip-hop theatre pieces ever created. As a cultural and community activist, Power has conducted hundreds of workshops in schools, community centers, colleges, and universities. From 1997-2000, Will Power was the lead vocalist of the Omar Sosa Sextet, an internationally recognized band known for innovatively fusing Jazz with Latin Rhythms and Hip Hop. The sextet released four critically acclaimed albums, Free Roots, Spirit of the Roots, Bembon, and Prietos.
Danny Hoch is a globally acclaimed actor, writer and solo performer. His three solo shows Pot Melting, Some People, and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop have toured over 50 cities to sold out houses, and have won awards including 2 OBIES, Edinburgh Fringe First Award, NEA Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, 1998 CalArts/Alpert Award in Theatre, 1999 Tennessee Williams Fellowship. Most recently, Mr. Hoch is the recipient of a 2000-2001 fellowship from the New School's Vera List Center for Art & Politics. Mr. Hoch has also written and acted for television and several films including HBO's Subway Stories, Terrence Malick's Thin Red Line, Fox Searchlight's Whiteboys, and New Line's Prison Song. Danny Hoch's Some People was made into a highly acclaimed HBO special, and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award. His writings on race, class and Hip-Hop have appeared in The Village Voice, New York Times, Harper's, New Theater Review, The Nation, American Theatre, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Laughing In The Dark, and Creating Your Own Monologue. Mr. Hoch's book Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop and Some People is on its second printing by Villard Books/Random House. Mr. Hoch produced the first New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival in June 2001 at Performance Space 122, bringing together a variety of Hip-Hop generation plays and performances together from all over the country, and asserting Hip-Hop's importance in the arts outside the realm of music.
The New York City Hip-Hop Festival, now entering its fourth year, has grown into one of the most influential outlets in the country showcasing hip-hop performing arts. The Festival is committed to the creation and production of Hip-Hop theater-based work and designing and implementing outreach programs that topically and constructively address cutting-edge socio-political issues of importance to the Festival’s target audience: underserved urban youth and an urban population of adults under the age of 35. Through an open submission program and a network of scouts across the country, the Festival is fully dedicated to finding, developing, and introducing new artistic creations from a diversity of cultures and points of view to the public. In the last three years, the Festival has presented nearly 50 artists including Sarah Jones, Rennie Harris, Nilaja Sun, Felicia Bell, Lisa Jesse Peterson, the Tontuga Project, Ben Snyder, Indio Melendez, Ka’Ramuu Kush, Universes, and Liza Colon-Zayas. The 2003 Festival will present 15 separate events in 30 performances over 21 days and will include theater artists from Canada, Europe, and Great Britain, as well as from across the United States.
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