Part poetry slam, part theater, In The Cypher brings us back to the roots of hip-hop where words and music, sound and fury, worked towards social change. In the lineage of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Boogie Down Productions, and Public Enemy, we’re bringing the science and politics of skin color to the “sound of the funky drummer”. Four slam poets, an MC and a sassy waitress keep the audience jamming to poetic riffs on the diversity of the experience of living in one’s own skin. The show dips back and forth, like a hip-hop montage, cutting from a variety of multi-media and multicultural expressions used to enlighten and enliven the discussion of skin color. Audience judges, laugh out loud comedy, and spirited dissension. No one is safe… In the Cypher.