MAR 29 – APR 30, 2023
Music by Jacinth Greywoode, Rebecca Hart and Yako 440
Book and lyrics by Aaron Jafferis
Conceived by the Mixing Texts Collective:
Aaron Jafferis, Adam Matta, Christopher Edwards, Kwikstep, Rokafella & Morgan Smart
An earlier version of How To Break was originally Produced by HERE and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HI-Arts) at HERE in New York City, in association with Collective Consciousness Theatre.
An electrifyingly innovative world-debut Mainstage production of new work developed by Village Theatre!
Featuring a dynamic kaleidoscope of music, poetry, breakdancing, and beatboxing, How To Break follows two hospitalized teenage hip-hop dancers and how they navigate their adolescence in the confines of a hospital room, finding ways to love and learn amidst IV bags and chemotherapy as inspired by real-life events in writer Aaron Jafferis’ time as an artist in residence at a children’s hospital. Part commentary on the American health care system, part moving autobiography, and part profound journey through the joy and pain of growing up, How To Break reveals just how resilient the human spirit is in the face of change and transformation.