Angry Young Man
Dan Wolf discusses his adaptation of Adam Mansbach's satirical Hip Hop novel, Angry Black White Boy, at Intersection for the Arts.
Like the character he portrays, Wolf is a white Jewish man who is actively involved in the Hip Hop scene. "I think there's a responsibility to be educated about the history of Hip Hop, to know where it came from and that battle that everyone is fighting," he states. "It's a freedom art form, about the voiceless finding a voice."
The writer/performer belongs to the band Felonious, and two of his bandmates -- Tommy Shepard and Keith Pinto -- are his major collaborators for the production. "There's something about the writing in the book that I saw dramatically in my head and I was just turned on from there to figure out a way for it to happen," says Wolf. "What we're doing is using the words of the book like a producer would use a sample, infusing it with the movements, soundscapes, rhythms, beats, and energy of a Hip Hop song."