Battery Park City Authority presents

HYPE MAN: a break beat play

May 16 - May 18, 2019
Battery Park City, Irish Hunger Memorial
75 Minutes

IT’S BACK. Battery Park City Authority presents a limited outdoor run of  HYPE MAN: a break beat play.

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.” –

HYPE MAN features The Bats, The Flea’s resident acting company, including Tay Bass, Matt Stango and Shakur Tolliver. The creative team includes Anton Volovsek (Scenic Designer), Sarah Lawrence (Costume Designer), Jose Santiago (Lighting Designer), Keenan Hurley (Sound Designer), Wendell Hanes (Music Composer/Supervisor/Editor), Haley Gordon (Stage Manager), and Brandon Stock (Production Manager).


Thursday, May 16 @ 7 p.m.
Friday, May 17 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 @ 7 p.m.

Performances will happen rain or shine.

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Directions to Irish Hunger Memorial from The Flea:

  • Head northwest on Thomas St towards Trimble Pl
  • Turn left on Church St
  • Turn right Murray St
  • Turn left on North End Ave
  • Turn right on River Terrace
  • Irish Hunger Memorial