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Arena Riffs series continues with premiere of hip-hop musical, The Freewheelin’ Insurgents

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Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is excited to announce the second installment in the Arena Riffs series on March 31 at 7 p.mThe Freewheelin’ Insurgents is a pandemic-era hip-hop musical written, directed and performed by award-winning playwright, director and actor Psalmayene ‘Psalm’ 24 (Arena’s The 51st StateMay 22, 2020).

The 23-minute music piece, filmed entirely in black and white, follows the story of a theatre crew assembling to rehearse in DC’s legendary Rock Creek Park. Serving as a love letter to the Black Lives Matter movement and an elegy for theater, this musical piece examines the grief and void the pandemic, combined with the nationwide reckoning on racial injustice, has created for theater artists and audiences.

The story unfolds through hip-hop and movement and explores issues of violent versus nonviolent protest, love and mental health during this unprecedented moment in history.

“It was glorious collaborating with some of my favorite artists to bring The Freewheelin’ Insurgents to life. This dream project is a distillation of enormous love — love for the Black community and love for theater. I can’t wait to share this pandemic-era hip-hop musical with Arena Stage’s audience,” states Psalmayene 24.

The cast and creative team include Othello BanaciIvan BasauriCasey DanielsonLouis DavisMichael DonnayShannon DorseyBria GranvilleCamila Franco Ribeiro GomideNick “tha 1da” HernandezJeremy HunterGary L. PerkinsPsalmayene ‘Psalm’ 24Danielle PrestonGabby SturgeonTony ThomasAaron Tucker and Justin Weaks.

Arena Riffs is free and open to the public to watch, but reservations are encouraged by visiting hereEach original musical will be available to stream at arenastage.org.