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After a decade in the rap game, frontman Pinnacle and his crew finally have the world’s attention. But on the eve of their globetrotting tour, the shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the dynamic of the hip-hop trio and unearths years of suppressed resentment — lines are crossed as the group navigates issues of identity and friendship. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON), HYPE MAN asks us: Who has the privilege of staying silent in the face of social injustice?

C1’s Take:

I want to use the theatre as a venue to wrestle with our national sicknesses but also a place to nod heads in unison, as we collectively imagine towards liberation. HYPE MAN, this latest entry into my break beat plays series, exemplifies this desire.” – Idris Goodwin, playwright