Kingdom Press

Kingdom Program Notes (PDF download) – Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
“The wonderful thing about the piece… is that rap allows for an attention to language and to poetry which… tallies very much with all my interests in Shakespeare and the use of language in theatre…. [T]hat is what Aaron Jafferis is doing…. It’s kind of like street Shakespeare in a way.” More…(PDF)

The Kingdom Comes… – SignOnSanDiego.com
“Through Kingdom – now getting its first full production via the Old Globe Theatre – and through his work with young people in connection with the play, Jafferis strives to demonstrate that anger can be channeled into creative, constructive passion.” More…

30 Days of NYMF Day 8: “Kingdom” (interview with Jafferis) – BroadwayWorld.com
“At the end of the first day of rehearsal, after the actors finished their first read-through of the script of Kingdom, I thanked them for helping us tell this story, which is the story of young people I’ve known, past and present, alive and dead. I said thank you, but I meant be careful, I meant be passionate, I meant be truthful, I meant please do justice to this story which means so much to me, and means even more to people who have lived and died this story, not just acted in it.” More…

Taking The Streets To The Theater – And Singing About It – Hartford Courant
“‘This is about folks who are not portrayed in theater. This is about folks who don’t go to the theater…. These are dangerous times and theater needs to address these issues.'” More…

“Kingdom” Hits Home – New Haven Independent
“A local playwright’s hip-hop musical about the Latin Kings, produced by this local hero’s community theater group, has been drawing crowds to Fair Haven — including an elected official wrestling with the issue of youth violence.” More…

Drama Lab for Life in Fair Haven – New Haven Independent
“…[T]his challenging play… has a great and pressing ambition: to harness theater’s therapeutic potential to teach its audiences that what happens on stage, if understood, can be avoided in real life.” More…

Obra Musical al Ritmo de Hip Hop – La Voz Hispana
“La obra está actuada en inglés y salpicada con algunas frases en español; pero sin importar el idioma, el ritmo que los actores logran imprimirle trasmite la energía del Hip-hop y nos introduce en su dinámica y en su estética.” Mas…

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  • “Critic’s Choice. With the raw spirit of the hard-hitting ‘Kingdom’... rap, Latin sounds and razor-edged rock tap into pure blasts of emotion, like a needle dropped straight on the brain. A bold step forward for the Globe.” – San Diego Union-Tribune
  • About Aaron

    Aaron Jafferis is a hip hop poet and playwright. Read his bio, his CV, or contact him.