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Angry Black White Boy

Thursday, October 30, 2008
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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The Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia Street San Francisco, California 94103 415.626.2787

Intersection for the Arts & The Hybrid Project in association with Resident Company Campo Santo present the World Premiere of Angry Black White Boy Written and adapted by Dan Wolf from the book by Adam Mansbach October 23 - November 16, 2008 at 8pm Thursdays - Sundays, $15-$25/sliding scale Thursdays are pay-what-you-can Purchase tickets here>>> Directed by Sean San Jose Featuring: Myers Clark, Keith Pinto, Tommy Shepherd & Dan Wolf Collaborative Team: Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, Mia Baxter, Josh Begley, Duncan Cooper, Robert Hampton, Chinaka Hodge, Joshua McDermott, & Christopher Studley Intersection for the Arts, in association with Resident Artist programs the Hybrid Project and Campo Santo, proudly announces the World Premiere Production of Angry Black White Boy, Dan Wolf's play adaptation of Adam Mansbach's provocative novel of the same name, an outrageous and deft satire about race, whiteness and Hip Hop pop-culture, identity and violence in the twenty-first century. This innovative re-mix of Mansbach's novel with performances that combine hybrids of theatrical storytelling, poetry, rapping, beatboxing, ballet and hip-hop dance is directed by Campo Santo's Sean San Jose. Angry Black White Boy features Dan Wolf as the title character along with actor/soundscape musician Tommy Shepherd, and actors and choreographers Keith Pinto and Duncan Cooper. This is a collaboration that wrestles head on with the messy issues of identity and race with all the fight and flavor of a Hip Hop battle. "With this brutal, hilarious, and tragic novel, Adam Mansbach proves once again he is one of the most insightful, and daring writers of our generation." - Noted Hip Hop journalist and author, Jeff Chang (Can't Stop Won't Stop) Angry Black White Boy is based on Adam Mansbach's ruthlessly funny and scathing satire about the complexities of race and identity in America. Told through the eyes of Macon, a young, white man obsessed with righting the wrongs that have been levied against Black people throughout history, this vigilante story delves into his conflicted mind, psyche and guilt. The play explodes through Macon - a young man burdened by this nation's past and white privilege - as he studiously and compulsively sets out to rob his white taxi passengers in an attempt to somehow balance the scales. However, his robberies go tragically - and comically - haywire, pushing him to the forefront of a national debate. This theatrical 're-mix' for the stage incorporates text adapted and melded with original source material, freestyle and verse rap, live Hip Hop music, ballet and Hip Hop dance. Created with a hybridized style and approach, Angry Black White Boy combines theatrical storytelling with powerful, innovative and contemporary Hip Hop styles. The story of Macon, his conflicted mind and how he escapes or embraces his identity, is part of the complex journey - part satire, part scathing expose on contemporary American culture. This exciting new project from Intersection's Hybrid Project is a mixture of history, mystery, music and theatrical mythmaking. By accessing and embracing Hip Hop elements and forms - verse, rap, dance, beatboxing and music - Angry Black White Boy will offer new inroads into expressing and exposing issues of propriety and legacy. The production unites Dan Wolf with his Felonious band-mate, Tommy Shepherd, as they purposefully explore and expand the boundaries of theatre and storytelling, crossing cultural, aesthetic and social borders by by merging growing Hip Hop styles and techniques in order to forge new performance language and styles.
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