DICE RAW Brings Story Of Runaway Slave To Life In New Hip Hop Musical At The Arsht
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is proud to commission and present the hip-hop musical Henry "Box" Brown at the Carnival Studio Theater from January 10-12. The musical tells the gripping true story of an African-American slave, Henry 'Box' Brown, and his journey to freedom.
"Fulfilling the Arsht Center's mission to provide our community with transformational cultural experiences, we are compelled and gratified to support the creation of new work," said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming at the Arsht Center. "Karl 'Dice Raw' Jenkins has immense musical skills, passion and a flair for storytelling and an unstoppable need to create."
Henry 'Box' Brown, a slave who escaped to freedom by mailing himself from Virginia to Philadelphia in a wooden box, is played by five-time Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins of the legendary Roots crew.
Before the musical hits the stage, dozens of Miami-Dade Public School students will have the opportunity to see the show and take part in a series of workshops focused on poetry and hip-hop verse led by Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins at Florida Memorial University and Young Men's Preparatory Academy from January 7-9. As part of the Arsht Center's community engagement efforts, the workshops aim to spark dialogue and storytelling between students by encouraging them to talk about injustice in society and speak up about their history and stories.
This project is presented with the support of the Arsht Center's Miami Diaspora Fund, made possible in part by a grant from the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation, and members of the Miami Diaspora Fund Giving Circle.
*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.
Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world's leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida's diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami's new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.
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