Aaron Jafferis' 'How To Break' Slated For New Haven

Hartford Courant

The hip-hop play “How to Break” by Aaron Jafferis (International Festival for Arts & Ideas’ “Stuck Elevator”) will be presented by the Collective Consciousness Theatre at the ECA Arts Hall, 55 Audubon St. in New Haven, Oct. 3 to 6.

The show, which headlined New York City’s 2012 Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, is part of Arts for Healing Festival co-produced with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Jafferis, a new Haven native, is writer-in-residence at the hospital, where the work began. The show, which won the 2012 Barbour Playwright’s Award centers on Ana, “a fiercely independent teenage dancer fighting with her caregivers and a fellow patient about what it means to be “ill.” An awkward pediatric hematologist, a music therapist and a nurse with a beatboxing problem do their best not to screw up Ana – a popper just diagnosed with leukemia, and Joel – an impulsive but intuitive b-boy living with sickle cell disease. Meanwhile, Ana and Joel struggle to find connection and a radically new definition of sickness and health.”

The show, directed by Christopher Edwards, features Rebecca Hart, Amber Williams, Yako 440, Jason Facey and Jafferis who teaches poetry and hip-hop theater to young people in New Haven.

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