BIRTHMARK, A gospel/Hip-Hop Experience

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By Rickerby Hinds
Directed by Chari Arespacochaga

A young man struggles to remain connected to his Afro-Caribbean roots while assimilating to America after immigrating to LA at the birth of hip-hop culture.

For Kique (Afro-Caribbean), it is a matter of survival when he and his mother immigrate to South Central Los Angeles from Central America in 1980, after his father’s death. His efforts to assimilate into African-American life are exacerbated by the emergence of a new form of cultural expression called hip-hop that he must master or he might not make it. The passage of time and distance from his home combine to drive him down a destructive path only to be altered with the birth of his son who bares his grandfather’s birthmark reminding Kique of who he really is.

This play includes adult subject matter, sexual situations, violence and strong language.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free and open to the public.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required.
UCR Students: Show your valid Student ID to receive two tickets per person.
General Admission: one ticket per person.

7 Performances:
May 10, Thursday, 8:00 P.M.
May 11, Friday, 8:00 P.M.
May 12, Saturday, 8:00 P.M.
May 17, Thursday, 8:00 P.M.
May 18, Friday, 8:00 P.M. Talk Back
May 19, Saturday, 2:30 P.M. matinee
May 19, Saturday, 8:00 P.M.

Studio Theatre, ARTS 113

TICKET OFFICE: (951) 827-4331
Tickets are available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, located near the Rivera Library across from Olmsted Hall.

Advance Tickets: Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Walk-Up Tickets: available at the ARTS Building Ticket Office, one hour before each performance.
Order tickets by phone: (951) 827-4331.  Monday-Friday, 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Please call the Ticket Office to find out if tickets are still available. (951) 827-4331

Parking: Complimentary permits available in Lot 1.
For information about the play: (951) 827-3245

Graphic image by Grecia Hernandez

Rickerby Hinds is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Theater who has the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage while taking advantage of its history and traditions. A native of Honduras who immigrated to South Central Los Angeles at age 13, his work draws on his multifaceted background to create theater that is simultaneously challenging, compelling and entertaining.

Hinds possesses an MFA in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he was awarded the coveted Audrey Skirball-Kenis (ASK) Award for best play for an unprecedented two years. His work has been developed by venues including the Mark Taper Forum, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Royal Court Theatre in London. Hinds’ productions explore the human condition employing the aesthetics, as well as the performance instruments of hip-hop culture – MCing, hip-hop dance, beatboxing, graffiti (aerosol art), DJin.

He is currently a full professor in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside where he continues to break new ground in works for the stage by expanding the definition of both theater and hip-hop expression though works like Dreamscape in which he uses beatboxing, dance and spoken word to explore the problematic relationship between the Black community and the police; or Amplified Fidelity: An exploration of Humanity Through Sound in which the entire history of the universe and human beings’ quest for survival is explored using only beatboxing; or the Uncovered series in which he recreates life-sized versions of hip-hop album covers through the use of tableaus and DJing.

Hinds recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship (2015) in his native Honduras, and his work has toured Romania, Poland, Austria, Hungary and Turkey, as well as numerous venues in the US. His play Dreamscape received a record 6 2016 NAACP nominations and won: Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress. His work has also been included in several anthologies and he is a highly sought-after conductor of Hip-Hop Theater workshops.