The one woman show that started it all!
WHAT IS PIF?
Ready. Set. Record. Your life in 60 minutes. What tracks would you share from your life’s mixtape?
PAIGE IN FULL is a blending of poetry, dance, media and music that tells the tale of multicultural girl’s journey through hip-hop to self-discovery. Since its premiere in May 2010, Paige in Full has packed theaters, had exceptional reviews, successful events, unique workshops and sold out performances throughout the country.
WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING…
[Check out] Hernandez‘s chronicle of growing up with a mixed race identity. As she chats to the audience and executes urban-cool hoofin‘ routines, and he generates beats and sampling at a table behind her, their mutual respect reverberates in sync with their enthusiasm for hip-hop. Such pointed moments will prompt theatergoers to ruminate a little about identity politics and the molding of the self in a multicultural world. Chiefly, though, Paige in Full‖ will leave audiences hoping more work by Hernandez and Nick tha 1da, too — comes along soon.
– Celia Wren, The Washington Post
The multi-layered story sparkles with contemporary urban flair, tantalizing terms and expressions, and move yo body rhythms in this beat-filled portrait of an artist as a young girl. Totally at ease and in command of her material, Hernandez shows how hip-hop and dance shaped her earliest memories and became the bedrock of her existence. It‘s stunning… In another innovative segment, she depicts ―B‘More‘s‖ neighborhoods in ―haiku‖, reflecting diverse sights and sounds in just a few well placed words, inflections, even mimicry. She just nails it. Throughout, Hernandez is mesmerizing and leaves you wanting more.”
– Debbie Minter Jackson, DC Theatre Scene
The verdict: Paige Hernandez represents the truest voice of what hip-hop theatre can be for our generation: nonlinear, dynamic, personal, intense, community-oriented in content and tone, and fondly nostalgic. The distinct moments of Paige‘s life in this 60-minute act allowed us a window into all of our own lives, love, loss, triumphs and missteps, all with a hip-hop lens through which to examine them. There is no doubt in my mind now that #hiphoptheatreisreal and that #visualmixtapesdoexist.‖
– Simone Jacobson, Couch Sessions
Paige‘s is pure hip hop. She breathes it. It‘s a part of her DNA. She can connect the songs and the culture to her entire being. More importantly, she can explain it to the rest of us. She is beautifully articulate in her storytelling… she is enticing in her mastery of her body and movement. This performance is a delight.
– Genevieve Williams, Discovery Theatre
Feb. 10, 2015: Pope Joy Hall Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 2015 : Michigan State Federal Credit Union
Jan. 6-10, 2014: Alberta Blair Theatre Montana
Jan. 27-31, 2014: Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 6-7, 2014: New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, New Jersey
March 10-14, 2014: BAM, Brooklyn, NY
April 28, 2014: Virginia Tech University, VA
Nov. 5-7, 2014: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Dec. 4, 2014: East Lansing, Michigan
Dec. 9-13, 2013: Bardavon Opera House Poughkeepsie, NY
Dec. 2-4, 2013: Des Moines Performing Arts Center, Iowa
Sept.13, 2013: Baton Rouge Hops! Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sept. 24, 2013: Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), South Arts Nashville, Tennesee
Oct.10-12, 2013: Goodwill Theatre Johnson City, NY
January 15-21: Stratz Center Tampa, Florida
February 5-8: Smith Center for the Arts in Geneva, NY
February 26-28: Ball State University in Indianapolis, IN
March 4-8: Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland Ohio
March 11-12: State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
March 14 and 15: Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland Ohio
March 21-24: Trust Arts Center in Pittsburgh, PA
March 26: The Carolina Theatre in Durham , NC
May 7-11: Chicago Humanities Festival/Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL
Dates for 2012 included The Lincoln Center (NY), Bardavon Opera House(NY), Smith Center for the Arts (NY) and The Manship Theatre (LA).Earlier 2012 performances included IPAY (Austin, TX) and Bowie State University(Maryland), and Portland, Maine, and Summerstage performances in Brooklyn, NY.