SHOW DATES

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Friday, Feb. 2nd, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Friday, Feb. 9th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Sunday, Feb. 11th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Sunday, Feb. 18th, 2018
7pm
The Freedom Theatre
1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

This is the story of Henry Box Brown

… a slave who mailed himself from Virginia to Philadelphia.

Starring hiphop legend Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins and directed by Phill Brown, Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical uses theater as a tool for education and re-education. Henry Box Brown was a slave who read and wrote poetry, practiced magic, sang in a church choir and was a hypnotist. He performed all around the world once freed, and publicly expressed his political views.

Henry Box Brown: The Musical is playing at the New Freedom Theatre from February, 1st thru February 18th, 2018.

Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins

Executive Producer, New Raw Media

Karl “ Dice Raw” Jenkins is a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Scene, and most commonly associated over the years as a principal songwriter/collaborator /producer for The Roots.

In 2014, Dice Raw had taken on the cause of Black male incarceration in America with his magnum opus, “Jimmy’s Back”. The highly acclaimed concept album inspired by New York Times bestselling book “The New Jim Crow” is a lyrical odyssey through the plight of the prison system, told musically by Dice Raw and a cadre of excellent MC ex-felons. Most recently, the album debuted as the stage play “The Last Jimmy” at Philadelphia’s coveted Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He also has plans to release a book in the near future, and was an instrumental contributor to The Roots’ 2014 album, “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”, released in May 2014.

Phillip Brown

Phillip S. Brown

Narrative Writer & Director

Phillip Sean Brown is currently the Director of Theater at the prestigious Shipley School in Bryn Mawr PA. Before starting his acting studio, The Ambler Actors Studio, just outside Philadelphia, he was the dialogue coach and punch up writer on the hit Original Series Disney shows “That’s so Raven” and “Cory in the House”. He worked for Disney for over four years on two of there highest rated shows ever. Meticulously gleaning the scripts and finding the beats and punching up jokes for both the cast and guest star actors are his daily functions.

Prior to working for Disney, Phillip has led a rich and diverse artistic career including writing, acting, directing and film production. He has worked professionally in the TV, Film and Theater industry throughout the United States. He was co-creator and head writer for a live Inter-active Entertainment News/Video show for the Black Entertainment Network (BET) entitled AM@BET in 2000 which was BET’s first full live hour TV show.

Minister Jamie Knight

Cast. Nancy, wife of Henry

Music comes naturally to Jamie. She has been captivating audiences since the age of five. Hailing from Philadelphia, she began her career on the prestigious precursor to “American Idol,” Ed McMahon’s “Star Search,” where she won the“ Junior Vocalist of the Year” award. This would only be the beginning of many more accomplishments.

At eight years old, Jamie had released her first CD entitled, “Spotlight,” honoring the legendary ladies of Jazz and had appeared on multiple regional and national television shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America.” By ten years old, she was performing on stage at the world famous Apollo Theater, being named youth Ambassador of the United States and becoming the youngest artist to ever play at Carnegie Hall. It was no wonder that she was included in a feature in Philadelphia Magazine’s “30 Greatest Under 30 Years Old”.

Minister Jamie Knight
Gina Zo

Gina Zo

Cast. Abolitionist

Gina Zo is a West Chester born artist
signed to Rawlife Records and working on her 3rd release on the label slated for 2018. She’s a sophomore in college attending James Madison university and is a natural talent.

Seth “Digital Crates” Barmash

Music Arranger & Composer

Seth is an accomplished producer nominated twice for Producer Of The Year in the Philadelphia hiphop awards and the backbone of Rawlife Records song production.

Seth Barmash
Forge Recording

Forge Recording

True Professionals in Audio and Video

Karl Dice Raw Jenkins recorded the entire Henry Box Brown Musical project at Forge Recording and The staff was more than supportive. We would like to say “thank you” to Forge Recording for sponsoring us.

www.forgerecording.com

Brian Delvalle

Brian Delvalle

Dancer

Jaylen T Gates

Jaylen T Gates

Dancer

Lamar Johnson

Lamar Johnson

Dancer

Clearance Branche

Clearance Branche

Dancer

Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Dancer

Frances Bell

Frances Bell

Dancer

“We believe the story of Henry Box Brown is very important when teaching the slave narrative in America because it shows a wide range of human emotions and experiences which the African American slave is robbed of in the way it’s currently being taught.”

— KARL “DICE RAW” JENKINS

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