The SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) announced today that tickets are on sale for the next show in its fall 2012 lineup: Ingenious Nature. Ingenious Nature is a new theatrical mix-tape, written and performed by Baba Brinkman, the Canadian rap artist, writer, and creator of The Canterbury Tales Remixed ("Delightful!" The New York Times) and The Rap Guide to Evolution (2011 Drama Desk Award Nominee), both of which played at the SoHo Playhouse in 2011. Ingenious Nature begins previews on Friday, November 23rd, opens Wednesday, December 5th and closes Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Everyone's looking for love, or sex, occasionally even both. The science of evolutionary psychology claims to explain why, and how, this state of affairs came about. But can it help us find the right one? A young man decides to take the "science of mating" seriously in his personal quest for true romance. Will the theory work in practice? It turns out, ovulation studies can make for awkward first-date conversation. Ingenious Nature is directed by Darren Lee Cole, with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds, lighting by Jason Boyd and projections by Erik Pearson.
Ingenious Nature will play on the SoHo Playhouse Mainstage Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm, until Sunday, January 6, 2013. The running time is approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. Tickets for previews are available for $45. During the run, tickets are available for $65. SoHo Playhouse Season Subscriptions are available for $99 and include 1 ticket to all 3 SoHo Playhouse shows (The Old Man and the Old Moon, Ingenious Nature, and Hamlet in Bed), a $195 value, and is fully tax deductible. To purchase tickets, visit: www.sohoplayhouse.com or call (866) 811-4111.
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and former tree-planter who has personally planted more than one million trees. He is also a scholar with a Masters in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. To date Baba has written or co-written five hip-hop theatre shows, including The Canterbury Tales Remixed, The Rap Guide to Evolution, and The Rebel Cell, with MC Dizraeli. He won three awards and entertained thousands while performing six full seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before presenting his unique brand of hip-hop theatre off-Broadway. When he is not on tour, Baba resides in New York City.
Darren Lee Cole has produced and directed plays for the past 30 years. Mr. Cole's Directing credits include: The Canterbury Tales Remixed, Jamaica Farewell, Simon Lovell's Strange & Unusual Hobbies, The Last Manhattan and this fall's American Red Cross Rock Show for Charity all in New York City. Also, Laticia in Paris, and A Christmas Carol in Costa Rica. Some of Mr. Cole's producing credits have included: Killer Joe by Tracy Letts (Vaudville Theatre, West End, London), Soho Playhouse (NYC) & The Theatre (Chicago), Krapp, 39, The Emperor Jones (with Irish Rep Theatre), Hiding Behind Comets, Room Service, The Belly of a Drunken Piano, Nostalgia Tropical and Piaf (all NYC). Mr. Cole has been the Artistic Director of the SoHo Playhouse since 2004 and is also the Artistic Director of the new Teatro Jaco in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica.
Jamie Simmonds is a Millennium Award-winning British DJ and producer who worked with major acts in England before moving into off-Broadway theatre scoring. Collaborating with Baba Brinkman since 2008, Simmonds wrote the soundtracks and performed live turntablism for both The Rap Guide to Evolution and The Canterbury Tales Remixed. When he isn't working on hip-hop theatre, he produces beats for underground rap artists in New York City.