The off-broadway production BROKE WIDE OPEN stars spoken-word artist Rock WILK, who has turned the emotionally charged search for his biological mother into an autobiographical solo play, punctuated by his own hip-hop compositions. BROKE WIDE OPEN is also presented by "500 Names," a grass-roots social media and fundraising effort for the New York City premiere.
Over the past six years, Rock WILK has planted countless seeds nationwide, performing BROKE WIDE OPEN in parks, art galleries and on the streets and subways of New York City. WILK could be found in any location where people were compelled to listen to and learn about his transfixing journey - undoubtedly word travelled far and wide and now his story has emerged on-stage. BROKE WIDE OPEN is the story of WILK's life in the foster-care system and subsequent adoption into a Jewish household, followed by a hesitant search for his biological mother. It's touching story of love, loss, family, relationships, and discovering one's identity and place in the world.
Best described as high-energy, honest and unforgettable, BROKE WIDE OPEN is a poetic and oratorical unveiling of truth with Rock WILK at the helm. BROKE WIDE OPEN takes its viewers on a haunting ride as WILK recounts a life full of impactful decisions and the resulting consequences. A cyclone of well-intentioned chaos, he tests the limits of every relationship in his life and creates a spell-binding wave of emotion as he explores who he is and where he belongs, often inspiring his audiences to do the same.