The Realness

The Realness
a break beat play
by Idris Goodwin

Productions (1)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m (5-10 actors possible: 2-4 f, 3-6 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: Flexible.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-980-7

The Realness
a break beat play
by Idris Goodwin

(1)
Productions (1)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m (5-10 actors possible: 2-4 f, 3-6 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: Flexible.

1996 is an incredible time to be a hip-hop fan, so the moment T. O. escapes the suburbs, he plunges into the scene, eager to experience the culture for himself. It doesn't get much more real than Prima, a super-dope MC supporting her family, and the moment he meets her, T. O. falls madly in love. But when he becomes tangled in the lies he tells to get closer to her, he's forced to ask himself: is he after real love, or fulfilling a middle-class fantasy of rap? Idris Goodwin takes on tough questions of authenticity and class collision with humor, heart, and killer rhymes in a coming-of-age tale set to the beat of hip-hop history.

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99

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Play Details

1996 is an incredible time to be a hip-hop fan, so the moment T. O. escapes the suburbs, he plunges into the scene, eager to experience the culture for himself. It doesn't get much more real than Prima, a super-dope MC supporting her family, and the moment he meets her, T. O. falls madly in love. But when he becomes tangled in the lies he tells to get closer to her, he's forced to ask himself: is he after real love, or fulfilling a middle-class fantasy of rap? Idris Goodwin takes on tough questions of authenticity and class collision with humor, heart, and killer rhymes in a coming-of-age tale set to the beat of hip-hop history.

  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m (5-10 actors possible: 2-4 f, 3-6 m)
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: Flexible.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-980-7

Published Reviews

"[Goodwin] is a playwright of unmistakable skill and ambition who astutely recognizes that hip-hop has been a potent cultural force for so long that its history is loaded with dramatic possibilities."

The Boston Globe

"It's for those who remember what it's like when you're young and falling in love."

OnStage Review

"At its core, The Realness is a love story - as viewed through a time period's love of emerging hip-hop culture."

Nashua Telegraph Review

"The play draws the audience into the culture's embrace."

Broadway World: Boston

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MAR 16, 2016 - APR 10, 2016
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA United States
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA United States
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MAR 16, 2016 - APR 10, 2016
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA United States
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA United States