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March 23 - April 6, 2019

Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102



Urban Retreat

by A. Zell Williams
presented by
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre



The dead don’t stay so in A. Zell William’s The Urban Retreat. 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 slumping but brilliant high school English teacher (Chaucer Mosley) to ghostwrite his memoir. Between them, their haunted pasts, their beefs, and their language barriers reveal Black masculinity at its tautest. Who can really rep South Side Chicago -- or any hood? Who has a better grip on what it means to be Black: the do-gooders or the go-getters?

A KMEL Interview

Larry Dorsey interviews Lorraine Hansberry Theatre SF's Acting Artistic Director Darryl V. Jones

- The Urban Retreat.

"Fiercely funny, gripping and raw..."

"A. Zell Williams Reclaims the Black Man’s Humanity".

A review in Theatrius 

by Tyler Jeffreys & Robert M. Gardner

Characters: Trench & Chaucer

Characters: Trench & Chaucer

Characters: Maggie & Angie

Characters: Maggie & Angie

Characters: Trench & Chaucer

Characters: Trench & Chaucer

Surrounding them, a cast of agents, producers, and groupies push their own needs, desires, and premonitions through Trench Deep’s platinum fingers. The Urban Retreat asks  - When all’s said and done, can the spirit of hip-hop - or Blackness - truly ever be chopped, shipped, and sold?


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