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'Hype Man': A Break Beat Play

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 8, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / San Diego REP
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $35

Playwright Idris Goodwin was selected in 2020 as one of the San Diego REP's inaugural Hear Us Now playwrights, where he was commissioned to write new work — he cowrote "Beyond the Crossroads" with K. Quinn Marchman. San Diego REP is now presenting a virtual presentation of Goodwin's 2018 play, "Hype Man," in the form of a filmed production in partnership with Company One Theatre and American Repertory Theater. The cast is Kadahj Bennett, Rachel Cognata, and Michael Knowlton.

The play is about a hip-hop trio which includes a white rapper, and the group grapples with the disconnects between shared experience and race. Ultimately, the white rapper has to come to terms with his privilege as the rest of the group wants to take a stand against injustice. Set amidst a heightening epidemic of young Black people killed by police, it's a backdrop that is, sadly, ever relevant. The music is fantastic, and you can even check out a digital album on Bandcamp recorded from the cast from the 2018 production here. -- Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

"FIVE STARS… Hype Man is theater at its urgent, vital best. See it and see it again." -DIGBOSTON

Frontman Pinnacle and his hype man Verb have been making Hip-Hop together since they were kids. Now that they’ve got top-notch beatmaker Peep One in the mix, the group is finally on the verge of making it big—until the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the trio to its core, and forces them to navigate issues of friendship, race, and privilege. From break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (San Diego REP’s Hear U.S. Now New Play Commission series), this reimagined version of Hype Man filmed up close and personal asks us: who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?

Tickets are available at pay-what-you-can prices to best suit your current circumstances.

"RIVETING. The whole show crackles with energy. Something Hype Man gets right, where other overtly political minded plays often go wrong, is that its action is rooted in the engrossing relationships among its characters." -WBUR's The ARTery

"Outstanding! The production sizzles!" -Boston Globe

"THRILLING. Best thing [available] now. No hype" -JoycesChoices

Hype Man: a break beat play was developed by Goodwin with Company One Theatre. Presented in collaboration with American Repertory Theatre and Company One Theatre.

Virtual viewing instructions and details:
PLEASE NOTE: This performance is listed on May 8th 11:59 p.m., however, it will be viewable from April 8th at 12:00 p.m. PDT through May 8th at 11:59 p.m. PDT. It is listed on a specific day/time to ensure it remains on-sale for the duration of the viewing period - ticket holders can view the video at any time during this viewing period.

Please select (1) ticket below at the "Pay What You Can" price that feels right for you. Our suggested price is $35. If you can afford to pay more, we will greatly appreciate your help in ensuring we are able to produce art in the future. Only (1) ticket is required per household.

Confirmation emails will be sent after completing your order and will include your unique video link. This link cannot be shared. The video will be hosted through Overture+, a streaming service created specifically for performing arts. You can enjoy the video on your computer, smart phone, or tablet using the provided link. Casting and screen mirroring may be possible on some but not all Smart TVs. You can also use an HDMI cable to connect your computer and TV and view that way.

This video will be viewable from April 8 through May 8th at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Internet sales will close on Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 p.m. PDT (the last day of the viewing period).

If you wish to purchase a ticket for a friend or family member in another household, please contact the Box Office. We will need the name and email of your recipient.

If you experience any difficulty booking your reservation, please contact the Lyceum Theatre Box Office at 619-544-1000.

To watch this video you must have a high speed internet connection that allows for streaming. ALL SALES ARE FINAL - NO REFUNDS will be provided for this event.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Promotional graphic for "Hype Man" courtesy of San Diego ...

Above: Promotional graphic for "Hype Man" courtesy of San Diego REP.


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