Join the CFCArts Children & Youth Arts Programs for a night of one-act plays by contemporary American playwright and breakbeat poet Idris Goodwin. How We Got On and American Prom incorporate elements of hip-hop, rap, and spoken word and are centered on important contemporary issues from racial and gender identity to friendship and family.
How We Got On: Hank, Julian, and Luann are three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Dreaming of fame and fortune in the new Hip-Hop music scene, they must overcome cultural isolation, familial dysfunction, and ruthless rivalries to make the music that defines their lives. A sultry DJ spins their stories with her own meta-theatrical perspective in this contemporary ode to the roots of rap.
American Prom: Set in a small middle American town called Principal, this is the story of teenage best friends Jimmy T. and Kia B. Jimmy wants to take Kia to prom, but it’s complicated. Jimmy is white and Kia is black, and Principal has been holding racially segregated proms for decades. In this contemporary coming of age story, filled with music and magic, rhymes and beats, Jimmy and Kia work to hold fast to their friendship. With a little help from a musical superstar, they both fight to envision a different future for themselves and their town.
Content Warning: This production should be considered PG-13 due to frank talk of death and minor language.