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Homage 5: Life After Death

Sat, May 25, 2024 @ 6:00 pm 10:00 pm

BROOKLYN STAND UP!

Step into the world of Brooklyn’s finest with Homage 5: Life After Death, a new workshop production by acclaimed playwright Shaun Neblett. Inspired by the legendary Notorious B.I.G.’s iconic album of the same name, this production is a nod to the spirit and grit of Biggie’s music.

Join us as we journey through the streets of Brooklyn alongside five young black men navigating the complexities of life in their twenties. Centered around a barbershop owned by the enigmatic Freddie Bratcher, tensions rise as rumors swirl about the potential sale of the business, testing loyalties and friendships to the limit.

Infused with Biggie’s timeless lyrics and themes, Homage 5 immerses audiences in a world where the echoes of “Ten Crack Commandments” reverberate with ominous truth, and where the mantra “Sky’s the Limit” serves as both a beacon of hope and a stark reminder of harsh realities. But Homage 5 isn’t just about paying tribute to Biggie’s music; it’s about capturing the essence of his storytelling and the raw emotion behind his words. From the Notorious Thugs prowling the streets to supernatural scenes that delve into themes of vulnerability and mortality, this production weaves together a truly unforgettable experience.

Neblett’s production is not merely a reflection but a powerful reimagining of hip-hop’s impact on society, identity, and art, bringing the beats and rhymes of Brooklyn’s streets to the theatrical stage.

Shows on Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25. 

Tickets are free with RSVP. 

SCHEDULE

6pm: Doors open; 90s hip-hop set by DJ Sean Malcolm, Light refreshments

8pm: Show begins. Please be aware that late arrivals may have to wait to enter the theater.

Q&A with the cast will follow directly after the show.

Playwright

Shaun Neblett

Director 

Bianca LaVerne

Cast

Robert Williams

Mason Bleu Balbuena

Christopher Clayton

Justin Gordon

Bryce Foley

This presentation is funded by a generous grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.