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RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION Extends Through May 3 at SoHo Playhouse

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After a successful five-star-rated run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a two month run with the 2014 Edinburgh Encore series at SoHo Playhouse, the theater's Artistic Director, Darren Lee Cole, is proud to announce the final extension of Rap Guide to Religion with its final performance on May 3rd, 2015.

The fourth off-Broadway show written by and starring Drama Desk Award-nominee Baba Brinkman, Rap Guide to Religion is a ninety-minute, peer-reviewedrap scripture about the science of religion, from tribal animism to Islam to Justin Bieber thanking god at the MTV Teen Choice Awards. The result is one thirdrap concert, one third comedy, and one third TED talk, adding up to a whole new species of off-Broadway theater.

The show also explores the recent rise of atheism and secularism, and the consequences for society as we move beyond religion. What happens when millions of people rapidly reject the traditional foundation of morality? Will governments replace religion as the main enforcer of morality? Will it be anarchy, or will a new moral structure emerge?

Incorporating multimedia, hip-hop, science and comedy, Rap Guide to Religion is not your typical theater experience. Mr. Cole, who also directed the piece, says, "This is my third collaboration with Baba and it is really exciting assisting him in bringing his fresh ideas and concepts to a theatrical platform. While the work is always challenging, I find it one of the most interesting and engaging forms of theatre I have ever experienced."

Rap Guide to Religion will play the following schedule: Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 5:00pm MUST CLOSE MAY 3RD, 2015. Tickets are available at 212-691-1555 or online at www.sohoplayhouse.com.

All songs are available online here: music.bababrinkman.com/album/religion-evolves. For more information visit: www.rapguidetoreligion.com or www.bababrinkman.com.

ABOUT BABA BRINKMAN - Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist and award-winning playwright. To date, Brinkman has written or co-written five hip-hop plays, which have toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway in New York. He has also released ten original rap albums on his independent label Lit Fuse Records, including his most recent The Rap Guide to Wilderness which explores the contributions of wild nature to human happiness. The 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. In 2014, the show enjoyed a sold-out week at the Sydney Opera House. Brinkman is also a pioneer in the genre of "lit- hop" or literary hip-hop, known for his adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh. He is a recent recipient of the National Center for Science Education's "Friend of Darwin Award" for his efforts to improve the public understanding of evolutionary biology.

ABOUT THE SOHO PLAYHOUSE - SoHo Playhouse (Darren Lee Cole, Artistic Director) has been one of Off Broadway's primary venues for new plays for the past 70 years. Formerly "Vandam Playhouse" the theatre has been home to countless dreams and movements. Many actors, directors, choreographers, production designers, theatre managers, technicians, and producers all received their start at SoHo Playhouse. Several of America's leading writers have premiered their work at 15 Vandam Street including; Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, Tracy Letts, Charles Buch, Leroi Jones and Lanford Wilson. Award winning shows have included: "The Boys in the Band", "Killer Joe", "The Divine Sister", "Mindgame", "Krapp, 39", "Piaf", "Room Service", "Jamaica Farewell", "Belly of a Drunken Piano","Bukowski From Beyond", "Simon Lovell's Strange & Unusual Hobbies", "The Emperor Jones", "Triassic Parq", "The Canterbury Tales Remixed", "The Other Josh Cohen" and "Bill W and Dr Bob". Mr. Cole has served as Artistic Director since 2004.


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