Syncing Ink Coming Back to NYC With Original Cast, Including 2-Time Tony Nominee Kara Young | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Syncing Ink Coming Back to NYC With Original Cast, Including 2-Time Tony Nominee Kara Young

The hip-hop work is headed to The Apollo Stages at the Victoria following a 2017 run at The Flea.

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Hip-hop play Syncing Ink is coming back to NYC with its original cast, including two-time Tony nominee Kara Young fresh off her run in Broadway's Purlie Victorious. The production will hit The Apollo Stages at the Victoria beginning May 7, with opening night set for May 19.

Created by playwright NSangou Njikam, the work celebrates hip-hop and Yoruba culture with a new, original score by producer and emcee Kyleel "Proda'' Rolle and choreography by Adesola Osakalumi. The play, which originally ran at The Flea (a co-production with Houston, Texas's Alley Theatre) in 2017, follows the coming-of-age journey of Gordon Morris, who is certain deep down that he's destined to become an emcee, but isn't sure if he can rhyme. Rooted in traditional Yoruba culture, Gordon embraces the power of his words for himself, his family, and the fate of hip-hop itself. Awoye Timpo is directing.

"The power of the word is the power to change our reality. Syncing Ink is a ceremony that lifts our voices and connects us to the source of that power. It calls us to embrace our destiny, feel our power, and remember who we truly are. In this 50th year of the culture of hip-hop, I am honored to join my fellow masters of the ceremony as we honor our roots and step into the Victoria to spit fire," says Njikam in a statement.

Joining Young will be fellow original cast members Njikam, Adesola Osakalumi (Skeleton Crew), Nuri Hazzard, Elisha Lawson, and McKenzie Frye (for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf).

Though the cast is returning, the staging will be new, with a completely new creative team. This new run will feature spiritual advisement and cultural direction by Chief Ayanda Clarke, scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West, lighting design by Alan C. Edwards, sound design by G. Clausen, and costume design by Ty Hunter. Nathan Gehan and ShowTown Productions will serve as executive producer. ShowTown Theatricals will provide general management, and Sybil R. Williams is serving as dramaturg.

Syncing Ink is produced by Victoria Weinberg of Just V Productions, Ezra Ezzard of Artification, Richard Fearn, Willette and Manny Klausner, Gabrielle Palitz, Simon Turner, and Q'd Up Productions.

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