NSangou Njikam's New Play 'Syncing Ink' Set For A World Premiere At Alley Theatre

By Kumar Rahul (KR) on Feb 06, 2017 09:04 AM EST

"Syncing Ink", a play by NSangou Njikam will see its opening act held at the Alley Theatre this February. It is a semi-autobiographical play and is based on the freestyle dance style Hip Hop.

According to the Broadway World, "Syncing Ink" involves a lot of narration. In the words of the artistic director of the Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd, "Syncing Ink" is a remarkable piece of storytelling and it has been a privilege for Alley Theatre to present its premiere. The play was first staged in a workshop performance at the same venue last year as a part of the Alley All New Festival and was the first play to receive a full production since the inception of the festival. The Alley All New Festival is an initiative for encouraging new playwrights and producing new premieres. The premiere of "Syncing Ink" coincides with the 2017 All New Festival which runs from February 2-12.

"Syncing Ink" brings together some brilliant people from the field of dance and drama. Other than director Niegel Smith, the Artistic Director of Flea Theatre in New York, the creative team consists of Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), Claudia Brown (costume design), Kevin Rigdon (lighting design), Justin Ellington (sound design), and  Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio (choreography). Other members of the team are Assistant Director Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, Associate Scenic Designer Taisa Malouf, Research Consultant Sybil Roberts and Stage Manager Kristen Larson.

According to Theatre Mania, the main story of "Syncing Ink" revolves around Gordon, a young man who wants to rap to be respected and admired by peers and a beautiful woman. In the process, he not only learns how to rap but also reaches the depth of Hip Hop, getting inundated into his legacy and impetus.

"Syncing Ink" cast represents some of the best talents from the theater world. Apart from playwright and actor Nsangou Njikam, it consists of McKenzie Frye, Nuri Hazzard, Elisha Lawson, Adesola A. Osakalumi, Kara Young, and Robyn "DJ Reborn" Rodgers. A mural that depicts the main theme of the play, HipHop and the protagonist's self-discovery by striving for better lyrics has been created by Houston-based artist Briyona James. The artwork will remain there even after the show.

"Syncing Ink" previewed on the 3rd of February, will open on the 8th and will be staged till March 5th. The show timings for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are 7:30 pm, Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2:30 pm and 8 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. 

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