No Lie

music by Alex Vittum and Liam Baum, words by Aaron Jafferis

No Lie is a one-act hip hop play examining the shifting racial dynamic of America as it unfolds on the crowded confines of a public transit bus. A solo performer rips and rhymes through a seven-sided conversation that bridges black and white, English and Spanish, youth and age, suburb and city.

Playing off of the bus occupants’ rhythmic and intricately-rhymed responses to each other, musicians mix hip hop beats and guitar riffs to create a rocking original score. The result is a ride that brings each passenger to question their role in a rapidly changing country.

Unwavering in its look at the tragedy and comedy of race, provocative and hopeful in its outlook, No Lie is an ode to the fear and joy of an increasingly colorful America.

Click the photos below to see the multiple characters Aaron portrays:


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“Simply amazing… a story that is wonderfully presented, in which Mr. Jafferis plays seven characters, and pulls it off stunningly… at the same time we recognize the literary mastery of his words as a true poet, a poet of heart. He is a talent worth changing your plans for and No Lie, which Mr. Jafferis wrote and performs with phenomenal energy and wit, is a perfect reminder of who we are, who we forget we are, and what being human is really all about.”
-ConnecticutPoet Online

“Jafferis is a lanky Caucasian with a voice and talent that make you laugh and think… a comic philosopher whose raps are sophisticated yet easily understood. Jafferis hits home with his message that…there should be a concerted effort to end racism… by making everyone conscious of each other’s feelings and experiences.”
-The Talent Report

“I laughed my ass off at Aaron Jafferis’ one man exploration of the culture clash between white suburbia and urban black and brown folks, No Lie… Jafferis rhymes his way through each character’s monologue with precision, never missing a beat… So many sounds and voices out of Jafferis can keep you enthralled.”
-New Haven Advocate

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  • About Aaron

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