An informal and intimate evening that brings together a new generation of urban cultural 'agents provocateurs' who will rock the house with their humorous, passionate, irreverent and provocative poetry, music and theater. This performance is part of Cities, Art and Recovery, an international summit of 30 cultural leaders from 19 countries that come together for three days of roundtable discussions, performances, films, and art installations in all media. Cities, Art and Recovery considers how people remember and rebuild after tragedy and how the arts have been crucial to such recovery.
Featuring: Danny Hoch - Considered on the of the first artists to bridge Hip-Hop & Theatre, Danny Hoch's work has focused mainly on New York City's outer borough residents and members of the Hip-Hop Generation. His monologues and solo theatre weave polycultural urban language that transcends plot, character and background and deals with heavy political and social issues through irony-laden humoristic dramatic writing.
Rennie Harris - Committed to providing audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, Harris' work encompasses the diverse and rich African-American traditions of the past, while simultaneously presenting the Voice of a new generation through its ever-evolving interpretations of dance.
Carl Hancock Rux - Writer, musician, and provocateur, Carl Hancock Rux will read from his novel "Asphalt" (Simon & Schuster) and perform short excerpts from his work-in-porgress performance "Mycenaean", accompanied by Jaco van Schalkwyk on laptop.
Toni Blackman is known as the Hip Hop Ambassador after traveling with the U.S. Department of State to Senegal, Ghana, Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa. Blackman who has collaborated with a host of African artists and musicians has also rocked mics in England, France, Angola, Canada and at Germany's "Cutting Edge" Festival. She has shared the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, the Roots, and even Ricki Lee Jones. New School University's Institute for Urban Education is partnering with Blackman to support her latest venture, "I RHYME LIKE A GIRL", a Freestyle Union initiative to support women in hip-hop and female mc's.
With emcee Suheir Hammad - A poet, who hails from Brooklyn, Hammad has been called 'a new voice with an authentic blend of language that's her own, and music that belongs to the streets'.
Joe's Pub is The Public Theater's newest performance space. Named in honor of The Public Theater/NYSF's founder, Joseph Papp, the Pub features food, drink, and eclectic entertainment that spans a wide spectrum of cultural and performance styles. Performances are held six nights a week, and the Pub itself is open daily from 6PM to 4AM. Performance times vary. There is a two drink or twelve dollar minimum per person.
Seating for ticket holders is on a first-come, first-served basis. For table reservation information (With Dinner Only. Subject to Availability!) call 212-539-8778. Otherwise, seating is general admission for tables, couches, and at the bar. It is recommended that ticket holders arrive at least 1 hour prior to the start of the performance to locate seats and place drink orders. The Pub is an intimate room with only 150 seats. Patrons may be seated at tables with other patrons.
The Pub opens as a lounge, which includes food service and a full bar service at 6PM.
Smoking is not permitted
Danny Hoch, Rennie Harris, Carl Hancock Rux, Toni Blackman, Suheir Hammad
Producer: The Public Theater