Join us for solo performances of hip hop infused theater. In Cry Wolf, Kristiana Colon weaves a tapestry of poem, lyric, metaphor, and monologue to excavate the wolves of our imagination. Shannon Matesky’s She Think She Grown is a journey of a young girl’s womanhood that asks how womanhood is presented in the world around her. Colon and Matesky will deliver excerpts from their one-woman shows. Plus, Deja Taylor will perform soundtracks from her upcoming solo show Free Deja Taylor about how the not so average Renaissance girl fought tooth and manicured nail to become the Diva-Goddess. A post-show conversation with the artists will explore gender in hip hop and how a hip hop aesthetic informed, influenced and inspired their works.
First come, first served. Limited seating. Doors to this segment in the Upstairs Theater open at 3pm.
More about the performers:
HBO Def Poet Kristiana Colón is a playwright, actor, hip-hop artist, educator and Ensemble member at Teatro Luna. There her solo play cry wolf was presented as apart of the Solo Tres festival of one-woman shows exploring family and female rebellion. Her play but i cd only whisper had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London in autumn 2012 and her collection of short poems promised instruments was published by Northwestern University Press in January 2013. In February, she will tour the UK performing readings from the book and excerpts from cry wolf. More information about Kristiana, as well as links to samples of her work, can be found at www.kristianacolon.com.
SOLO TIP is part of WBEZ’s Winter Block Party, an all-ages, all-city celebration of Chicago’s new and emerging artists of the hip-hop generation. Count on epic dance battles, great stories and, this year, performances by Psalm One, Add-2 and the eight piece band Sidewalk Chalk named “Best Hip Hop act in Chicago of 2010” by the Chicago Reader
To learn more about the 5th Annual Winter Block Party, click here.
This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Joyce Foundation, improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes Region and across the country.
Free and open to the public. For more information please call 312.422.5580.
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