Adapted from Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s 2016 best-selling memoir of the same name, A Drop of Midnight follows the hip-hop artist, born to interracial American parents in Sweden, and his story of growing up in the frail cultural and racial divide. Diakité takes audiences on an intimate journey through his ancestors’ origins as enslaved people in the antebellum South, his parents’ struggles as an interracial couple, and his connection to hip-hop that helped him build a strong Black identity in Sweden.
Commissioned through Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks program, A Drop of Midnight stars Diakité, with live musical accompaniment by the seven-piece Rakiem Walker Project (house band at Red Rooster Harlem) and Swedish composer/musician Erik Hjärpe. Jonathan McCrory (Obie Award-winning, Harlem-based artist and artistic director of National Black Theatre) is director and dramaturg.
Performances June 6 thru 11. Visit: www.HarlemStage.org