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The West Coast premiere of Idris Goodwin’s “break beat” play continues the Fountain Theatre’s focus on social justice.
Social injustice, racial identity, gender inequity, career ambition and friendship converge — and collide — in Hype Man, running at The Fountain Theatre Feb. 23 through April 14.
Hype man Verb has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle since they were kids. Then beat maker Peep One joined the group. Now just as they are on the verge of making it big on national TV, a police shooting of a black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest.
Hype Man is the third in Goodwin’s series of “break beat” plays about hip-hop in America and the way that hip-hop has affected our personal relationships, dreams and aspirations, and politics.
“This one focuses on the question of responsibility,” Goodwin said in an interview. “What does it mean to be a fan of this music and this culture? I’ve had a lot of friendships in my life that have been based on a shared love of hip-hop, a lot of friends of different races. Part of what brought me to hip-hop was the beats and the raps and all that, but also the spirit of it — the spirit spoke to me. [It’s] an art form that has roots in street organizations, that has roots in the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement, that has been a tool for people from low-income areas to literally be able to change their lives for the better.”
Hype Man is the recipient of the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award from American Blues Theatre and the 2018 Elliot Norton Award. It was developed at the Lark Playwriting Center, Kennedy Center College Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse and American Blues Theater. It received its world premiere production at Boston’s Company One Theater, about which the Boston Globe raved, “Questions of racial justice and ambition energize a superb ‘Hype Man’.”
Hype Man runs Feb. 23 through April 14, with performances on Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. Three preview performances will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25–$45 Pay-What-You-Want seating is available every Monday night in addition to regular seating (subject to availability). The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Patrons are invited to relax before and after the show at the Fountain’s indoor/outdoor café. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com
Presenter / Producer: Fountain Theatre
Theater > Drama
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 323-663-1525
5060 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90029
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 2/20/2019 - 4/14/2019
Fri, Sat., Mon 8:00 pm Sat., Sun. 2:00 pm previews Wed. 2/20, Thurs. 2/21, Fri. 2/22 8:00 pm
Regular Seating $40 Premium $45 Seniors $35 Students $25 Mon. Pay What You Want
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