HYPE MAN: a break beat play
New York Premiere
In HYPE MAN: a break beat play we meet Verb, a young black man who hypes the crowd and Pinnacle, a white front man who writes and rhymes. They’ve been best buddies since they were kids, growing up together on the same mean streets. Now, with the addition of Peep One, a mixed- race, female beat maker, the trio is about to make it big as America’s next hip hop crew. But the shooting of an unarmed black man in their hometown throws them off their beat. Their friendship is tested. Their moral compass is challenged. HYPE MAN immerses audiences in a chilling conversation amongst the beats and rhymes of pulsating hip hop.
“When the trio gets cranking on musical numbers — you won’t need a hype man’s injunctions to put your hands up in the air.” – The New York Times
“Goodwin’s HYPE MAN is a loud and clear clarion call for blacks and whites, cops and civilians, and everyone to get on up and openly, honestly discuss America’s ongoing problems of racial violence and inequality. None of us get to sit this one out.” – Theatermania
“Bass, Tolliver and Stango are majestic together.” –TheaterScene.net
HYPE MAN features The Bats, the The Flea’s resident acting company, including Tay Bass, Conor Bell, Sonja Cirillo, Justin Jorrell, Matt Stango and Shakur Tolliver. The creative team includes Anton Volovsek (Scenic Designer), Sarah Lawrence (Costume Designer), Xavier Pierce (Lighting Designer), Wendell Hanes (Music Composer/Supervisor/Editor), Jabob Brasi (Assistant Director), Haley Gordon (Stage Manager) and Keenan Hurley (Sound Designer).
Monday and Wednesday @ 7 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday @ 9 p.m.
Select Sunday matinees @ 3 p.m. and select evening shows @ 7 p.m.
Student rush tickets are available 10 minutes prior to curtain for $10, based on availability and with a valid student ID. (Student rush is available for Flea produced shows only.)
*All tickets include an additional $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs.Download Program