In the late 1980s, during the rise of hip-hop on the streets of New York and L.A., a different story played out in the small towns and suburbs. Hank, Julian and Luann are Midwestern kids who forge a cultural identity through parking lot poetry and boom box beats. In this remixed coming-of-age tale, a live MC spins a history lesson in the origins of rap and presents the story of suburban kids finding their rhythm as a new music is born.
Performances are through March 17, 2013.
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; select matinees at 2:30 p.m.
No late seating. This show contains adult language and themes.
“If you love hip-hop, or if you don’t understand why your kids love hip-hop, ‘How We Got On’ is a primer in a play. Idris Goodwin’s one-act drama set in 1988 unravels the phenomena of the wordplay we call rap.” — Lynn Trenning of The Charlotte Observer. Click here to read the full review
“This is a show worth seeing for the skill of the production but also because you may learn something and, most of all, have fun. It is about joy.” — Ann Marie Oliva of ARTS à la Mode. Click here to read the full review
Genesis Soto, who plays Luann, finds the message of “How We Got On” — to persevere despite mistakes — resonates with her. — Lindsey Ruebens of The Charlotte Observer for The Young Achievers section. Click here to read the full story
“I’m just trying to share the things that I think are beautiful about hip hop culture. But what’s at the root of it is a story about friendship, about young artists — it has a hip hop rhythm to it — but ultimately it’s a story like any other play,” said playwright Idris Goodwin in an interview with Jarvis Holliday for his Grown People Talking blog. Click here to read the full post
“Dee Abdullah directs the Idris Goodwin script with a mixture of spirit and audacity… (She) chooses sassy newcomer Genesis Soto for the role (and) has her hanging around at times when the playwright has sent her off into the wings. Bolder still, Abdullah casts the ebullient Eryn Victoria as the Selector, despite the fact that this deejay narrator also doubles as Hank and Julian’s dads… The subdued Devin Clark and the cocky Mason ‘Quill’ Parker establish a nice chemistry between Hank and Julian as the two rappers go through their individual growing pains.” — Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing. Click here to read the full review.
Selector: Eryn Victoria
Hank: Devin Clark
Julian: Mason “Quill” Parker
Luann: Genesis Soto
Understudy for Julian: Gerard Hazelton
Director: Dee Abdullah
Assistant Director: Gerard Hazelton
Choreographer: Donell Stines-Jones
Stage Managers: Shacana Kimbel, Brianna Daniels
Costumes: Davita Galloway
Lighting: Christy Edney
Stage Design: Daniel Fleming
Photography: Shannon J. Hager
Graphic Design: Casey Sussman