The Rap Guide to Religion Premieres off-Broadway
Announcing a new off-Broadway theatre production, written and performed by Baba Brinkman, directed by Darren Lee Cole, and produced by Soho Playhouse Inc. The Rap Guide to Religion opened at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was met with rave reviews and audience acclaim. Now Soho Playhouse Inc is proud to present the show for a limited five-week engagement beginning October 8th. Full schedule and reservations are online here.
“Devilishly insightful and dazzlingly witty… a fringe must-see”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Reporter
The Rap Guide to Religion is a new species of theatre, part hip-hop concert, part stand up comedy, and part TED Talk, exploring one of the most heated questions of our age: what’s the point of religion? Taking a scientific approach to the question, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of cognitive science, evolutionary theory, and comparative anthropology, with examples from his own family history (Baba’s ultra-religious great great great grandparents sired more than 8,000 descendants). Audiences will discover the various ways and means by which religion evolves in our species, and will leave the show with a new appreciation of religion, and its critics.
“I had the time of my life. I love Brinkman’s blend of lecture hall, with vaudeville, with a studied and yet organic lyricism… real talk, in every sense.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Uncovered
A prolific writer, producer, and recording artist, Baba is currently working on the album version of The Rap Guide to Religion, supported by a successful campaign with more than 300 backers on Kickstarter. He recently released a preview EP “Religion Evolves” featuring songs from the show. He has also been commissioned to write and perform a new “Rap Guide to Wilderness” at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia in November. Baba’s “Rap Guide” series also includes the award-winning “Rap Guide to Evolution” (“Astonishing and brilliant” NY Times).
“Irresistible lyricism… a fantastic show”
★ ★ ★ ★ A Younger Theatre