Hype man Verb has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle since they were kids. Adding beatmaker Peep One to their group sparked a flame and now the interracial trio is flexing serious Hip-Hop muscle. But when an unarmed black teenager is shot by police, it forces the group to navigate issues of friendship and race. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON), HYPE MAN asks: what does it mean to be an ally, and who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?

HYPE MAN is theatre at its urgent, vital best. See it and see it again.
— DigBoston

by Idris Goodwin
directed by Ozzie Jones

January 25 – February 17, 2019

Tuesday - Wednesday @ 7pm
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm

Running time: 80 minutes with no intermission.


Carlo Campbell Verb Kyle Glenn Pinnacle Bianca Sanchez Peep One

Production Team

Idris Goodwin Playwright Apollo Weaver Set Designer Tom Helmer Stage Manager

Ozzie Jones Director Angela Myers Lighting Designer Jess DeStefano Production Manager

Natalia de la Torre Costume Designer Kate Henderson Asst. Stage Manager

Melissa Dunphy Sound Designer John Kolbinski Audio Technician

Larry Fowler Composer Elliot Konstant Master Electrician

Emily Schuman Properties Designer

Talk Back at InterAct!

Beginning Friday, February 1, join us after the show to dig into the themes of HYPE MAN through talkbacks after every performances.

Thursday, February 7: Meet the Playwright

Join us after the 8 PM show for a Skype interview with playwright and break beat poet Idris Goodwin!

Speaker Sundays

Following our Sunday matinees, join Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin and an expert speaker in a moderated discussion exploring

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3: Speaker Sunday with director Ozzie Jones

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10: Speaker Sunday with Hip-hop artist Voss


Voss is the most unique, hardworking and versatile rapper you might not have heard of… yet. Hailing from the greater Philadelphia area, he’s often been called a “veteran in a rookie’s body” for good reason. With a witty, forward-thinking lyrical style, boundless charisma, an energetic, engaging live show and of course, an unbreakable work ethic, there’s no denying the young emcee’s talent and drive. He has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wale, Mac Miller, ?uestlove, Cam’ron, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Pusha T, El-P, Talib Kweli, Action Bronson, Peedi Crakk, Chris Webby, Young Gunz, Mac Lethal, Dom Kennedy, Cyhi the Prynce, Termanology, Astronautalis, Wax, and many more. In addition, Voss is not afraid to apply his skills on the lyrical battlefield, as he is a BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday hall of famer, racking up 5 wins in a row, as well as the first Philly Rhyme Calisthenics champion. Armed with honesty, raw talent and an unmatched tenacity to spread his words to all who will listen, anyone with an open heart and mind cannot help but support Voss.

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17: Speaker Sunday with composer Larry Fowler

Coffee Conversations

On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, InterAct features informal discussions with the artists, complimentary coffee from our neighbors at Rival Bros., and tasty treats from our friends at Insomnia Cookies. Coffee Conversations during HYPE MAN will follow the 7 PM performances on Tuesday February 5, Wednesday February 6, Tuesday February 12 and Wednesday February 13.

Audience Discussions

Discussions occur after every other performance during the run. These will be facilitated by local community members to foster conversation after the show, connecting the themes and events of the play to our larger community. Our audience discussions will follow the 8 PM performances on:

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1: Facilitated by LaNeshe Miller White, Executive Director of Theatre in the X, as well as Jim Wells & Aisha Winfield of Jr. Music Executives

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: Facilitated by actor Niya Colbert, Administrative Manager of Theatre in the X

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7: A Skype conversation with playwright Idris Goodwin

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8: Facilitated by Cat Ramirez, Creative Director of Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Facilitated by InterAct Core Playwright Jarrett McCreary

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Facilitated by Walter DeShields, actor and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre in the X


  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16: Facilitated by actor Richard Bradford, last seen at InterAct as Boodah in SALT PEPPER KETCHUP

Special Events

Friday, February 8 - Artist Happy Hour with William Wallace III

From 7-8 PM, meet artist William Wallace III, whose work is on display in the Arcadia Foundation Lobby during the run of HYPE MAN. William’s sculptural, salvaged, alchemic paintings provide a dynamic counterpoint to the themes of HYPE MAN. Grab a discounted drink and pick the artist’s brain before enjoying the 8 PM show!

Sunday, February 10 - PARENTS’ DAY OUT!
Drama for you + Drama-free for your kids! Presented by InterAct & Creative Caretakers


Sunday, February 10, 1:30 – 5:00 pm -- for only $25,
Get 3 & 1/2 hours of theatre-themed fun for your kids from Creative Caretakers, while you take in a matinee!

There will be a drama party at The Drake, for potty-trained kids aged 3 and up.

Creative Caretakers will provide fully licensed caretakers (who also happen to be artists!). To learn more about their services, go to: https://www.mz-initiative.org/creativecaretakers or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/creativecaretakers

To reserve, please contact Amber Emory at Creative Caretakers, via email.

Availability is limited! RSVP Today!


Parents’ Day Out is sponsored in part by PNC Arts Alive.

Past Events

Thursday, January 24: Pay What You Can Final Dress Rehearsal benefiting Black & Brown Workers Cooperative

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Be the first to see HYPE MAN, pay what you wish, and support a fantastic organization all at the same time! Cash only donations will be collected at the door beginning at 7pm. All door proceeds will go to benefit the Black & Brown Workers Cooperative.

The Black and Brown Workers Cooperative’s mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle systems of oppression that adversely impact the Black and Brown worker. The Black and Brown Workers Cooperative (BBWC), a direct action social justice entity, has come together to combat injustices that manifest both in and out of the non-profit organizational structure and in the broader community of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Their mission is to actively challenge, resist and dismantle, those colonialist, white supremacist and oppressive systems that impact our lives as Black and Brown workers.

Friday, February 1 - Action Happy Hour to benefit Jr. Music Executives
Drink & Do Good!

Join us Friday, February 1 for an "Action Happy Hour", benefiting local nonprofit Jr. Music Executive (JME). The bar will be open from 7 - 8pm, with the HYPE MAN performance immediately following. 50% of all concessions will be donated to JME, so stop by early, and support a great cause!

The mission of Jr. Music Executive (JME) is to inspire high school and college students in urban environments to pursue higher education, set goals, and reach their full potential by exposing them to careers in the music business.

JME provides skill development and opportunities for young aspiring creatives and executives ages 14 to 25. We work closely with parents, educators, youth advocates, and industry professionals to support students' dreams of being successful in the music industry.