This September 19th, The Project [theatre] returns to Bardot for a final encore performance of “Hip Hop Won’t Save You” giving audiences another chance to catch a glimpse into the world of Miami’s hip-hop music scene. The show explores issues of race and cultural appropriation while giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at a biracial rap duo’s rise from local legends to the top of the charts. Bardot, one of Miami’s hottest music venues, is the perfect backdrop for this site-specific and fully immersive experience.
The story moves audiences around Bardot, alternating between a staged play, live hip-hop performances and film to tell the story of a Miami hip-hop duo’s rise and fall from fame. Original music created by acclaimed b-boy Rudi Goblen with lyrics and performances by actors/rap duo Stephen Kaiser and Marquise Rogers, will bring the audience out of their seat and moving their feet. Rudi Goblen also plays a featured role and doubles as the evening’s emcee. The encore performance will feature performances by local hip-hop artists Rocky and Christy Love from Roc Sol. Award-winning filmmaker Max Rousseau teamed up with The Project [theatre] to create the filmed segments. Kalyn Chapman James, host of WPBT’s “Art Loft”, makes an on-screen appearance as the host of “Behind The Beats” — a fictional television documentary that will play alongside the staged production.
“Hip Hop Won’t Save You” hits the stage on Saturday, September 19, 2015 for one final performance at Bardot, 3456 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127. Doors open at 7:30 pm, performance at 8:00 pm.Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at http://hiphopwontsaveyou.com. Visit http://project-theatre.com for more information.
“During the original performance, we felt the audience’s energy in the room and knew we had to find a way to bring it back,” said director and co-writer Gladys Ramirez. “The audience raved that this show fully immersed them in the world of Miami hip-hop and was unlike anything they’d experienced,” Ramirez added. “This is a story about friendship. It’s about two kids that grow up together and share a creative bond. …themes about race and cultural appropriation make their way into the story too and that really resonates with the audience,” said actor and co-writer Stephen Kaiser. “Our mission is to create theatre for the next generation by showcasing the stories of our community in an engaging and entertaining way, we hope to reach a wider audience and pave the way for the future of theatre,” adds co-creator Elayne Bryan.