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Bring the Beat Back


  • Hi-ARTS 215 East 99th Street New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

Playwright/Producer: Derek Lee McPhatter
Director: Christopher Burris
Music Director: Dionne McClain-Freeney
Composer/Arranger: Germono Toussaint
DJ: Manchild Black

Featuring Jazmine Alexandria, Jason C. Brown, Julie Brown, Freddie Cosmo, Kalon Hayward, Julius Hollingsworth, Janet LaFontaine, Sammulous, and Armani Williams

Bring the Beat Back is a queer, black, sci-fi music-theater experience, set in a funky, futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality.  Inspired by Afrofuturism, house music and the underground ball scene, the show follows a young man struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his faith.  Our hero journeys towards spiritual affirmation and self-discovery as conservative religious authorities and an ostentatious queer subculture clash over the music at the center of his world.

This work was supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS residency.