Hip-hop version of ‘Caterbury Tales’ is coming to Jacó

It’s not everyday that hip hop tells the tale of the oldest stories of English literature, but that is the case in the play “Canterbury Tales Remixed.”

The 90-minute play is fresh from New York and will kick off the world tour at Teatro Jacó from March 7 to 11. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. every night.

“Canterbury Tales Remixed” is a two-man show. The actor and the DJ are the only two performers. Baba Brinkman wrote the play and stars in it. He has merged old English literature with modern language, and DJ Mr. Simmonds adds the hip-hop beats for an innovative fusion, said the director Darren Lee Cole.

The play includes three segments from “The Caterbury Tales by Chaucer and includes two earlier works: “Gilgamesh” and “Beowulf.”

“This play has been a big eye opener,” said Cole. “This makes theater not stuffy. It makes it fun and cool. This isn’t your typical grandma’s theater.”

Cole has been in the industry for 35 years. He is owner of Teatro Jacó. And spends half his time in Costa Rica and the other half in New York as artistic director of the Soho Theater. He said in all his years of theater work he never thought that hip hop in a play wold come off so artistically.

Ticket prices begin at $25 for main seating. VIP tickets cost $35 and include two drinks. The play is in English. Those interested can visit the Web site at www.teatrojaco.com or call 2630-9812.

Teatro Jacó is offering “Do, Rey y Mi Disonante” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This show is in Spanish.

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