WWU to Reprise Hip Hop Theatre Weekend April 13-14

by Lynsey Amundson
Office of Communications and Marketing intern
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:53pm


Idris Goodwin (courtesy photo)

Western Reads and the Department of Theatre and Dance will present two contemporary hip-hop theatre artists at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 13, Brian Quijada, a New York City-based actor, will perform excerpts from his one-man show, “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?”  Fresh off his month-long run at New York City's Ensemble Stages, Quijada uses dance, sampling, spoken word, beats and numerous instruments to explore his Latino heritage. His performance attempts to answer the question, “Where do I fit in as a Latino millennial growing up in America?”

On Friday, April 14, Idris Goodwin, a Denver-based actor, rapper and playwright, will perform, “Action Words: Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and Short Plays by Idris.”  Goodwin will be joined on stage by Quijada and Western students.

Goodwin is the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American History Cycle Commission and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Award. He was a writer-in-residence at The Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Center, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. An accomplished hip-hop poet, his albums include “Break Beat Poems” and “Rhyming While Black.”

 Goodwin has been featured on HBO, Sesame Street and Discovery Channel. He is the author of the Pushcart Award-nominated essay collection, “These Are the Breaks” (Write Bloody, 2011), and co-hosts Critical Karaoke, a radio show and podcast about music and culture. Adding to his notable credentials, Goodwin also teaches performance writing and hip-hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

This is the second year Western will host Hip-Hop Theatre Weekend. A bigger room was booked this year as a result of over 100 audience members being turned away last year.

For more information about the performances, contact Rich Brown at (360) 650-7320 or rich.brown@wwu.edu or visit cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance.