Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s (LHT) West Coast Premiere of The Urban Retreat by A. Zell Williams directed by Darryl V. Jones is presented in the Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco from March 22 to April 6th.
The dead don’t stay so in A. Zell William’s The Urban Retreat. If you threw Hamilton, Empire, and Hamlet into a crockpot, you might catch a whiff of what this contemporary tragicomedy is cooking. A mid-twenties hip-hop mogul in his prime (Trench Deep) reaches out to his slumping but brilliant high school English teacher (Chaucer Mosley) to ghostwrite his memoir. Between them, their haunted pasts, their beefs, and their language barriers reveal Black masculinity at its tautest. Who can really rep South Side Chicago — or any hood? Who has a better grip on what it means to be Black: the do-gooders or the go-getters?
Surrounding them, a cast of agents, producers, and groupies push their own needs, desires, and premonitions through Trench Deep’s platinum fingers. The Urban Retreat asks – When all’s said and done, can the spirit of hip-hop – or Blackness – truly ever be chopped, shipped, and sold?
In this funny, gripping, raw and powerful play, the writing process becomes a deeply honest tool to inspire an exchange about survival, selling out and what it means to be a Black man in America today. Using hip hop dance and rap music lyrics, The Urban Retreat appeals to audiences across generations who will relate to the characters’ soul-searching to be true to themselves.
Tickets $20 – $35 (15% discount for groups of 10 available through LHT’s Box Office.)
CONTACT: BoxOffice@LHTSF.org, (415) 474-8800
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