World Premiere of How to Break, a New Musical

Mainstage Theatre

A World Premiere Production How to Break

ISSAQUAH MAR 29 – APR 30, 2023 | EVERETT MAY 5 – MAY 28, 2023

Music by Jacinth Greywoode, Rebecca Hart and Yako 440
Book and lyrics by Aaron Jafferis
Conceived by the Mixing Texts Collective:
Aaron Jafferis, Adam Matta, Christopher Edwards, Kwikstep, & Rokafella

The hip-hop play How To Break was originally Produced by HERE and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HI-Arts) at HERE in New York City, in association with Collective Consciousness Theatre.

An electrifyingly innovative world-debut Mainstage production of new work developed by Village Theatre! Featuring a dynamic kaleidoscope of music, poetry, breakdancing, and beatboxing, How To Break follows two hospitalized teenage hip-hop dancers and how they navigate their adolescence in the confines of a hospital room, finding ways to love and learn amidst IV bags and chemotherapy as inspired by real-life events in writer Aaron Jafferis’ time as an artist in residence at a children’s hospital. Part commentary on the American health care system, part moving autobiography, and part profound journey through the joy and pain of growing up, How To Break reveals just how resilient the human spirit is in the face of change and transformation.

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CONTENT ADVISORY: How to Break deals head on with issues of adolescent cancer, sickle cell anemia, death, and grief.  The show contains swearing, and descriptions and metaphoric depictions of gun violence.  For more information about the content of the show scroll below and click on the How to Break Preview Guide.

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