Inspired by hip hop industry, hot button social issues, HYPEMAN is latest from break beat poet and playwright of HOW WE GOT ON
InterAct Theatre Company proudly moves forward in its 31st season with a powerful production by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin. Continuing its tradition of producing new works that speak to the social and contemporary issues of our time, InterAct will present HYPEMAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY at the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake in Center City.
Hype man Verb has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle since they were kids. Adding beatmaker Peep One to their group sparked a flame and now the interracial trio is flexing serious Hip-Hop muscle. But when an unarmed black teenager is shot by police, it forces the group to navigate issues of friendship and race. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON), HYPEMAN asks: what does it mean to be an ally, and who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice??
CARLO CAMPBELL as VERB
Carlo Campbell is a Philadelphia native. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of Theatre In The X as well as a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been in a number films and commercials. He has also worked with theatre companies all throughout the Delaware Valley including Go Kash On Stage, Ego Po, Simpatico, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Delaware Shakespeare and First World. Theatre, Curio Theatre: Death of A Salesman, Piano Lesson, Othello, Richard 2, While the Getting’s Good, Topdog Underdog, The Nigga Files, 12 Angry Men, Delaware Young Playwrights, Moon Man Walk, V to X, The Meeting, King John, Richard 2, All My Sons. He has worked with children and young adults of all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade as a teaching artist and director. Also a Poet an MC (AFLOE), Carlo has published a book of poetry entitled Afloematic.
KYLE GLENN AS PINNACLE
Kyle Glenn currently resides in New York City and originally hails from Milwaukee, WI. Kyle has been acting professionally for three years in NYC in the film, television, commercial, and theatrical industries, respectively. With training in improv and Meisner technique, Kyle’s aim and passion is to evoke, emote, and receive authentic, natural, and genuine emotions and energy through the act of playing make-believe (or playing “believe” for that matter). His artistic abilities in other mediums such as street and portrait photography, as well as painting, helps keep an open and never-complacent creative mind. He strives to experience and ingest human connection in all endeavors of his life and to use that information accurately in his work. With his time spent as a mentor and volunteer in inner-city Milwaukee and his experience with the NYC music industry, Kyle is elated to work in a production with a story, characters, and relatable topics and issues so closely tied to his life experience.
BIANCA SANCHEZ AS PEEP ONE
Bianca Sanchez is an actor, musician, and producer from the city of Philadelphia. Bianca earned her degree in Theatre Performance at The Pennsylvania State University. After college, she spent a year as an apprentice at InterAct Theatre Company. Credits include Ensemble Member in A People with Orbiter 3, Woman in SILENCES at InterAct Theatre Company, Mona in Haunted Fringe Wedding, Bike Thief in The Italian Market Project, and many film projects in the Philadelphia/NYC area. In the winter, she will be producing and acting in short action/thriller Quartette, a film project over two years in the making.
IDRIS GOODWIN, PLAYWRIGHT
Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, director, orator and educator. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, KY for which he penned the widely produced And In This Corner : Cassius Clay. Other widely produced plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, Bars and Measures, The Raid, and Hype Man: a break beat play. His The Way The Mountain Moved was commissioned and produced as part of Oregon Shakespeare’s American Revolutions series. He’s had work produced by or developed with The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Denver Center for The Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theater, Nashville Children’s Theater, Boulder Ensemble Theater, TheaterWorks, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Eugene O’Neill Center, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. He’s received support from the NEA, The Ford, Mellon and Edgerton Foundation, and is the recipient of InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize and The Playwrights’ Center’s Mcknight Fellowship. Idris is a member of The Dramatists
“With political themed dramas centering around the emotional lives of core characters, InterAct is presenting another season of exciting and thought-provoking works,” says Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin. “In our 31st season, InterAct continues to look at questions of contemporary life and investigate the realities of topics like gentrification, issues of race and responsibility, and the complications inherent in coming to terms with the pressures of the past.”
A “Pay What You Decide” Final Dress Rehearsal, benefiting the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 8 pm. The Black and Brown Workers Cooperative is a direct-action social justice entity, dedicated to actively challenging, resisting, and dismantling systems of oppression that adversely impact the Black and Brown worker. http://blackandbrownworkerscoop.org/
Previews for HYPEMAN begin January 25, 2019. Opening Night is January 30, and the production runs through February 17. For more information, or to subscribe, please visit InterAct’s website at www.interacttheatre.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.568.8079. For media requests, high-resolution images, or to arrange an interview, please contact Mike Donohoe at email@example.com, or call 215.568.8077 x 105.
About InterAct theatre Company
Celebrating its 31st season and new home at the Drake, InterAct is a theatre for today’s world, producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Founded in 1988 by Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin, InterAct seeks to entertain audiences by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions, and to use theatre as a tool to foster positive social change and civic discourse. Through artistic and audience outreach programming, InterAct makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of Philadelphia and the American theatre.