The Urban Retreat
About The Urban Retreat
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) presents the West Coast Premiere of The Urban Retreat by A. Zell Williams, resident playwright with New Dramatists and former writer for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco March 29-April 6, 2019, directed by Darryl V. Jones
If you threw Hamilton, Empire, and Hamlet into a crockpot, you might catch a whiff of what this contemporary tragicomedy is cooking. A mid-twenties hip-hop mogul in his prime (Trench Deep) reaches out to his 40-something slumping but brilliant former high school English teacher (Chaucer Mosley) to ghostwrite his memoir. Between them, their haunted pasts and unresolved beefs reveal Black masculinity at its tautest.
As they work through their generational differences and hip hop language barriers, the gangsta rap superstar’s memoir becomes a deeply honest tool to inspire an exchange about survival, selling out for fame and fortune and what it means to be a Black man in America today.
"A. Zell Williams gives much to consider regarding the power of words to heal or to destroy. He invites us to consider the personal fortitude it takes to be your authentic self, when hiding behind a mask can give you fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams. But notoriety of this type comes at a price, and sometimes it means selling out and sacrificing your integrity and that of others." - Director, Darryl V. Jones
Recommended for ages 14 and up.