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Hype Man hypes up American Literature class

Sophomores stand outside Mixed Blood theater before watching Hype Man on an American Literature field trip.

Sophomores stand outside Mixed Blood theater before watching Hype Man on an American Literature field trip.

Photo submitted by Matt Hoven

Sophomores stand outside Mixed Blood theater before watching Hype Man on an American Literature field trip.

Photo submitted by Matt Hoven

Photo submitted by Matt Hoven

Sophomores stand outside Mixed Blood theater before watching Hype Man on an American Literature field trip.

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Music plays a great role in society, especially with younger people. With music, people of all orientations are able to connect with each other. Students in American Literature (the sophomore English class) went to see Hype Man, on Nov. 29, a play that was written by Playwright Idris Goodwin and directed by Director Shawn LaCount that explores hip-hop through different racial perspectives, at the Mixed Blood Theatre.

“I like how Hype Man showed the parallels of being black and white as an artist and the different benefits and negatives that come with it,” sophomore Evan Reynolds said, “music was a really important part of the play and everything revolved around it.” The play showed how hip-hop can convey a different meaning to its creators and listeners.

It’s really important for us to talk about bringing justice- the play was really interesting and important for us to watch.”

— Sophomore Jonas Bray

The play’s three characters, a hype man, rapper, and producer, were constantly faced with political issues and how they deal with music: isn’t it important to use your voice as someone who has a great deal of influence? Especially since a recurring theme in the play is the shooting of a black, unarmed, teenager. Sophomore Mimi Longe noticed the role contemporary event have in the play as well: “I really thought it was interesting how they incorporated elements of current day issues into the play and discussed them from different racial points of view,” Longe said.

As well as being on par in relative to current events, Hype Man was enjoyable to watch also because of its modern appeal. “The dialogue was more engaging than the typical plays I’ve seen,” Reynolds said.

As the students noticed, the music had an impact on how the play was interpreted. Peep One, the producer, played beats (some composed by the actors) that are featured in the play’s soundtrack.”I liked all the beats and the music- I thought that was cool. I thought there were important messages [in the music],” sophomore Ruby Hoeschen said.

Hype Man showed the parallels of being black and white as an artist and the different benefits and negatives that come with it.”

— Sophomore Evan Reynolds

Taking half a day off of school proved to be a rewarding experience. Students hope that others take the time to reflect on the ideas presented in Hype Man.

“I think that it’s really important for us to talk about bringing justice- the play was really interesting and important for us to watch,” sophomore Jonas Bray said.

Although the incredible Hype Man is no longer showing at the Mixed Blood Theatre, check out the theater’s website to find upcoming productions.

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