Description of Work
Dan is a theatrically trained actor who uses Hip Hop music, rhythm, language and aesthetics to explore and express the world around him. Dan is a collector of ideas, an adapter of language, a re-mixer and re-imaginer of traditions. Dan is an artistic border crosser who uses art to connect disparate communities together. Dan creates original music and theater with an emphasis on exploring the spaces in between our collective histories. Dan is a founding member of the hip-hop collective Felonious and a resident artist at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts. During the day he is a Creative Content Producer for 3200 Stories, an online publication of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
Dan is an actor, rapper, writer, director, producer and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theater styles with the themes, language, music, history and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop music and theater collective Felonious and Creative Content Producer for 3200 Stories, an online publication of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. His play 'Angry Black White Boy', based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play 'Beatbox: A Raparetta' (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival. 'Beatbox' is published by TCG in the Hip Hop Theater anthology Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy. Currently, Dan is developing fault/line, a play about the collisions and commonalities of communities in Berkeley, and is part of a team of artists activating Jeff Chang’s seminal book on Hip Hop culture, 'Can’t Stop Won’t Stop' for the streets and the stage. His work as Creative Content Producer for www.3200Stories.org includes Gimme Shelter: The Digital Sukkah Experience, Megillah 3.0, Kanbar on Camera, and the Cubicle Performance Series. He looks at 3200 Stories as the big tent articulation of what Jewish community can look like in the 21st Century.
"Angry Black White Boy" (the opening)
Tuedelbomb - 2003 (originally written in 1911 by Dan's great-grandfather and his brother)
Angry Black White Boy - Summary and Excerpt