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Fools and Madmen
May 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
fools and madmen is a mobile hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The show will be primarily toured to Baltimore City Public Schools throughout the month of May. There will also be three ticketed evening performances for the public to attend, located at three venues in three Baltimore City neighborhoods.
The goal of this project is to bridge the gap between Shakespeare and Hip Hop as artforms. The adaptation contains both classical Shakespearean text and original hip-hop lyrics and music. The resulting show is a lyrical and rhythmic mash-up of classical and modern language, of poetry and music.
The project was created by Caitlin Carbone and Josh Thomas, who received the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts Creative Baltimore Fund grant to write and produce the show.
The show is performed in the round, to an audience of 40-70 people no more than two rows deep. The ensemble cast includes performers of diverse artistic disciplines – classical actors, modern actors, spoken word poets, and hip-hop artists. The music is played live onstage by three musicians. The play has been cut to fit a run time of an hour and a half.
The fools and madmen Neighborhood Tour runs from Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 24 at three locations in three neighborhoods in Baltimore City.
This project is funded by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts Creative Baltimore Fund.