Award-Winning Playwright presents 5th Installment Of RAP GUIDE Series
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this su m - mer, peer - reviewed rapper Baba Brinkman is bringing his latest hip - hop comedy show, Rap Guide to Consciousness, to the SoHo Playhouse.
From March 1st through April 29th, this limited run will be a chance to see the genre - bending show that Broadway Bab y calls Mind - blowingly, awe - inspiringly good. When trying to achieve a greater understanding of who we are, most people turn either to science or art. In Rap Guide to Consciousness, Baba Brinkman turns to both. Inspired by the works of noted cognitive psychologists ( his wife, Dr. Heather Berlin and TED Talks star Anil Seth ), this show finds Baba exploring the scientific study of consciousness and the inner - workings of his own psyche.
As a scholar, he evokes contemporary theories about the brain's role in forming our sense of self. As an artist, he deploys complex rhyme schemes, irreverent humor, boom - bap hip - hop music, and captivating visuals to come to terms with what this means for him and for all of us : Is our experience of the world real Are we anyt hing more than organic robots What is it like to be a baby Or an octopus The result is a show that is truly one - of - a - kind, confronting both the absurdity and profundity of human experience.
Rap Guide to Consciousness opened in Edinburg to great acclaim, with the Ed Fringe Review calling it Genius ... something very special indeed. Baba then took the show to London, where the Evening Standard advised, Exercise any free will you have and buy a ticket. Now, Baba is bringing Consciousness to the Big Apple, and is excited to have the historic SoHo Playhouse as a home, and playhouse AD Darr e n Lee Cole as the director. The show was made with support from the Sackler Centre for Consciou s ness St u dies, the Anthropocene Institute, and the Canadian Core for Neuroet hics. Baba's shows have been wowing audiences and critics alike since his Drama Desk - nominated Rap Guide to Evolution was named astonishing and brilliant by the New York Times.
His Rap Guides have earned critical raves for their melding of theater, hip hop, comedy, and mind - boggling science. With subjects ranging from religion to climate change, Baba combines the immediacy of a one - man show with the h u - mor, wit, and excitement of a rap concert to create an experience that defies genre classifications, a whole new species of theater. His performances are provocative and entertaining, and peer - reviewed by some of science's leading minds, from NYU Psychologist Jonathan Haidt to NASA's Gavin Schmidt. His shows hold up to the standards of the most discerning s cholars, while never losing the engagement of theater fans.
Whether you are a devoted scholar or a Broadway nerd, Rap Guide to Consciousness will be sure to blow your mind. Rap Guide to Consciousness Written and Performed by Baba Brinkman Directed b y Darren Lee Cole Visual Design by Olivia Sebesky
SoHo Playhouse 15 Vandam St New York, NY 10013 March 1 - April 29, 2018 Thursdays : 7pm Fridays : 9pm Saturdays : 9pm Sundays : 7pm Tickets : $ 39 Student Standby : $ 20 For more information and ticket purchases visit : http : / / www.sohoplayhouse.com / event / 45fadfa0b02552a56f009ed0741c7ea8 Watch the trailer : https : / / youtu.be / 3UKh_kRR5_w
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and award - winning playwright. To date, Brinkman has written seven hip hop plays and released more than a dozen rap albums, toured the world, and enjoyed succes s - ful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off - Broadway in New York. Brinkman is a pioneer in both science - based rap and also " lit - hop " or literary hip hop, with ra p adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgames h. How e ver, he is best known for his Rap Guide science series.
The first of those, 2011 ' s Rap Guide to Evolution ( Astonishing and brilliant - NY Times ), won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination, and was featured on US national TV on The Rachel Maddow Show and at the Seattle Science Festival opening for Stephen Hawking. 2015 ' s Rap Guide to Religion was an NY Times Critics ' Pick and earned him a second Drama Desk Award Nomination, and Baba is a recent recipient of the National Center for Science Education's " Friend of Darwin Award " for his efforts to improve the pu b - lic understanding of evolutionary biology.
His play Rap Guide to Consciousness was a hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, exploring the material basis of brain science in hip hop form. His clever and distinctiv e style has earned him the attention of the New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, NPR, Macleans, CBC, and the BBC. When he is not on tour, Baba Brinkman resides in New York with his wife, neuroscientist and PBS TV host Dr. Heather Berlin, their daughter Hannah and son Dylan.
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