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Get hip-hop to Hoch

Called “the voice of a new generation” in theater and film, Danny Hoch comes to Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall at 8 p.m. March 20 for Hip-Hop Theater: An Evening with Danny Hoch.

The world-acclaimed actor and writer, director of this season’s New York hit Flo, and founder of the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents part of his acclaimed Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop as well as readings from some new works.

Moving masterfully in and out of some of the characters in unseen worlds—an alcoholic prison guard who kills an inmate, a young Cuban selling trinkets to tourists—Danny Hoch creates hip-hop culture through stories of inner-city residents, as he uses both graphic subject matter and language.

Hoch has toured over 50 cities with his three solo shows, Pot Melting, Some People, and Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop, played to sold-out houses and won a host of awards, including two Obies, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and fellowships from the NEA, Sundance Writers, Tennessee Williams and the New School.

He has also written and acted for television and several films including HBO’s Subway Stories, Terrence Malick’s Thin Red Line, Fox Searchlight’s Whiteboys and New Line’s Prison Song. His Some People was made into a highly acclaimed HBO special and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award. He appeared in Spike Lee’s film Bamboozle and in Black Hawk Down, but he has also publicly turned down several lucrative rolls in Hollywood that he perceived as racist or generally wacky. His writings on race, class and hip-hop have appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, and Harper’s, among others.

Hip-hop culture focuses on racially diverse urban groups, telling their stories through rap, break dance, graffiti and DJs.

There will be no late seating for this performance or re-admittance to the theater once a patron exits. In addition, the subject matter and language are graphic.

Hip-Hop Theater: An Evening with Danny Hoch is part of Zoellner’s EdgeEvents, a series of avant garde, cutting edge performances.

Tickets $15 and $12. For tickets, call (610) 758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1l a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and two hours before curtain, or order online.

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004

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