Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group

The Wilbury Theatre Group continues its 2018/19 season with Idris Goodwin's acclaimed new play Hype Man: a break-beat play, November 1-18, 2018.

Written by Idris Goodwin and directed for The Wilbury Group by Don Mays, Hype Man: a break-beat play focuses on a hip-hop frontman named Pinnacle, his beat maker, Peep, and his Hype Man, Verb as they make mixes, trying to make it to the top. That journey comes to a pause when an unarmed teenager gets shot by the local police. This causes tensions to stir and brings up questions of friendship, race and privilege. Hype Man: a break-beat play makes audiences think about where they came from and how upbringing is more definitive to one's life rather than the color of their skin or the ancestry of their DNA. After receiving it's world premiere production at Boston's Company One Theatre in January 2018, Hype Man was called "viscerally powerful, socially important, and artistically innovative theater" (Edge Boston), "riveting" (WBUR Boston), and "theater at its urgent, vital best" (DIG Boston).

"Idris Goodwin is a playwright well on his way to becoming a major force in American theater," said Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short. "He brings a passion and a point of view to his plays that encourages audiences towards debate and engagement in a way that few playwrights ever learn how to do. When I saw Hype Man last year I immediately felt that this play would serve well to continue our work engaging audiences in discussion about what obligations we have as Citizens to react to injustice, and under the steady hand of Don Mays and the cast and creative team we've assembled I'm very much looking forward to sharing this important story with audiences."

HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY is presented November 1-18, 2018 at The Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence RI. Tickets are $15-$38. Call 401.400.7100 or www.thewilburygroup.org/hype-man

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Helena Tafuri, Phoenyx Williams, and Jeff Hodge in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Jeff Hodge and Phoenyx Williams in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Jeff Hodge in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Helena Tafuri in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Helena Tafuri and Jeff Hodge in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group
Helena Tafuri in HYPE MAN: A BREAK-BEAT PLAY at The Wilbury Theatre Group.

Photo Flash: First Look At The Rhode Island Premiere Of HYPE MAN At Wilbury Group

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