with Hi-ARTS and the National Black Arts Festival
Presented as part of the Kennedy Center festival
One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide
Produced by Hi-ARTS
Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices--Game On!
Written by Felice Belle
Directed by Monica L. Williams
Eighth grader Ella Jackson just can't win. At school, she's harassed by bullies. At home, her mother's on her case. All she wants to do is hang out and play video games. One day, when Ella says five magic words--"this game is my LIFE!"--her secret wish comes true, and she ends up inside the game! With just 45 minutes to clear three new levels, Ella must move quickly or be stuck in the game forever. She soon learns that virtual reality is no match for real life, while discovering some of her hidden talents along the way.
Middle school students in Washington, D.C., have helped create this world premiere hip-hop theater work using their growing understanding of hip-hop culture and personal connections to the art form. Their imaginative stories and characters now come to life on stage through talented adult performers and hip-hop artists, including special guest appearances by DJ Reborn, Rokafella & Kwikstep, and DC Youth Poets.
For age 8 and up.
Performance Timing: 70 minutes
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- About Performances for Young Audiences at the Kennedy Center
One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a program of Arts Across America, is made possible through the generosity of the Charles E. Smith Family Foundation.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Kaplan, Inc.; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Macy's Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; Washington Gas; and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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