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Hip-Hop Production ‘The Best Goodbye’ Hits San Diego Stage

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Gill Sotu, playwright, "The Best Goodbye"

The '90s rap and hip-hop music scene is the backdrop for a new play set to open in San Diego this weekend.

It's a sound and a time spoken word poet and San Diego playwright Gill Sotu knows well. His experience as a suburban urban-rap-loving kid shaped his new production, “The Best Goodbye”.

“It’s a coming-of-age story about kids growing up in the suburbs listening to hip-hop trying to discover who they are and trying to figure out what is a good life,” said Sotu, who's an artist in residence at The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

The story follows four young hip-hop artists who come across the dead body of a former Motown musician. The characters are confronted with a dilemma when one of them suggests robbing the dead musician to help pay for their own album.

Community theater group Circle Circle Dot Dot collaborated with Sotu on the production and is presenting the piece at Park Arts Black Box theater in University Heights.

"We are so excited to present this fresh and riveting new production by Gill Sotu, who has one of the strongest artistic voices in San Diego," said Katie Harroff, artistic director of Circle Circle Dot Dot a statement. "His humor and heart and gift for poetic language thrives in 'Best.' We're presenting it in an incredibly intimate space with gifted new performers and are very excited to share this work with our audiences."

Sotu previews "The Best Goodbye" Thursday on KPBS Midday Edition.

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