Aaron Jafferis
Aaron Jafferis
The Old Globe Theater will produce the new hip-hop/rock musical Kingdom, featuring book/lyrics by Aaron Jafferis and music by Ian Williams, at The Lincoln High School Center for the Arts (February 12-15) and at the Old Globe Theatre (February 19-22). Ron Daniels will direct.

The show chronicles the lives of Andres and Juan, two inner city friends whose lives take a tragic turn after they join the Latin King and Queen Nation. The musical is inspired by true stories of gang culture. Previous incarnations of the show received a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award, and the "Most Promising New Musical" award at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Jafferis was the 1997 Open Rap Slam champion at the National Poetry Slam Championships. He is the author of the hip-hop plasy No Lie and Shakespeare: The Remix (music by Gihieh Lee). Williams' original musicals also include Story of an African Farm and SkidZoeFranNya.

For more information, visit www.theoldglobe.org.