Artinfusion Happening » (I)sland T(rap) by Austin Ashford
Fresh off his sold-out performance Off-Broadway at Theatre Row, actor and playwright Austin Ashford presents (I)sland T(rap), a hip-hop riff about Black Ulysses on an Odyssey of self-discovery. This tour-de-force is a powerful exploration of a young artist of color navigating the turbulent waters of contemporary American culture while trying to find his authentic voice. Two worlds collide as Ashford mixes the traditional story telling of Homer with the contemporary voice of African-American Vernacular English. (I)sland T(rap) combines lyrical poetry, live music, and commentary on the Black experience to chart a soul journey on an exotic island where Black Ulysses discovers his place in a society full of gun-violence and oppression. Recently recognized by the Kennedy Center for Original Hip-Hop Script, this narratives dives into overcoming isolation through fantasy, myth, and escape.
Free, registration required.