Drexel University’s Theatre Program, in partnership with Theatre In The X, presents Pac and Biggie Are Dead, written by Biko Eisen-Martin and directed by Carlo Campbell. Pac and Biggie Are Dead runs November 10-19, 2022, in the Mandell Theater at 3220 Chestnut Street.
Pac and Biggie Are Dead is a spin-off of Tom Stoppard’s classic, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, starring rap’s two biggest artists/martyrs. But instead of existentially romping through Shakespeare’s Hamlet, their purgatory extends through classic moments in hip hop, drama, and Black history. A vision quest through ghetto heaven to come to deeper truths about themselves and each other.
Playwright Biko Eisen-Martin explains that the play draws from the ethos of hip hop, African cosmology, and western staples of theatre. Tupac and Biggie were trying to make sense of the burning house that is America, and in-kind, America aimed its capitalist fire at them.
Both the Theatre Program at Drexel University and Theatre In The X are thrilled to bring this show to life on Drexel’s campus. This production is made possible through the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP) funded in part by the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.