Collection Title: Solo performances by Danny Hoch (1990s)
Title: Jails, hospitals & hip-hop
Alternate Title: Jails, hospitals and hip-hop
Alternate Title: Jails, hospitals & hip-hop and Flaco Navaja
Date: 1999 Aug. 11
Location: Performed at Rikers Island, New York City, on Aug. 11, 1999.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Hip-Hop theater., Spoken word performance., Storytelling.
Danny Hoch, creator, producer ; Michael Skolnik, introducer.
Danny Hoch, Flaco Navaja.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:20:40
Language: In English, with some Spanish.
Synopsis: Danny Hoch ( is an actor, playwright and director whose plays 'Pot Melting', 'Some People', and 'Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop' have garnered many awards including 2 OBIES, a NEA Solo Theatre Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre and a Tennessee Williams Fellowship. He is a Senior Fellow at the New School's Vera List Center For Art & Politics and his writings on hip-hop, race and class have appeared in 'The Village Voice' and 'New York Times', among others; his book 'Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop' is in its second printing by Villard Books/Random House. Mr. Hoch also founded the 'Hip-Hop Theater Festival' in 2000 which has since presented over 75 hip-hop generation plays from all over the world. A third-generation New Yorker who grew up during the birth of hip-hop culture in a multiracial outer-borough neighborhood, Danny brings together his inner monologues, layered composites of stories and voices form his personal experiences, stories of his community and his generation, placing traditionally peripheral characters center stage. Characters like prison convicts Bronx and Andy; correction officer with anger management problems Sam; Victor, a young man on permanent steel crutches because of police brutality; young Cuban student Peter; and successful rapper Emcee Enuff, all evidence this outstanding contemporary work, reunited under the title 'Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop', here performed at the Rikers Island prison complex in New York City. Hoch shares the stage with guest performer Flaco Navaja, poet, singer, actor, comedian and activist from the Bronx, host of 'All That! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz', the legendary open mic. An urban griot for the communities of urban North America, Hoch combines hip-hop culture's worldview and expressive strategies of resistance along with storytelling riffs, actively exploring language in order to move the audience from passive entertainment to active engagement.
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Copyright Holder: Danny Hoch c/o Caseroc Productions, Inc.
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