The Sonnet Man sets Shakespeare’s love sonnets to Hip Hop and features brilliant rap artist Devon Glover. Conceived and produced by Broadway Playwright Arje Shaw, The Sonnet Man brings Shakespeare to young audiences in a genre they know and love. Through Hip Hop, Shakespeare will become exciting and fun, introducing young people to classical literature, raising literacy, improved communication, greater enthusiasm for learning, increase creativity, raise confidence, and will set a foundation for appreciation of the arts.
Perfect for schools, theatres, and organizations, The Sonnet Man offers performance and workshop to both entertain and educate. Featured artist Devon Glover, a modern day Sonnet Man, delivers the sonnets as originally written, and then breaks it down into “spoken word.” Mr. Glover’s flow embodies the richness of Shakespeare’s language, and his passionate, yet natural delivery offers an inspiring, creative experience audiences love.
Mr. Glover’s story is an inspiration in itself. Born and raised along with two brothers by a single mom in Brooklyn, he has strived all his life to make something of himself and to give back. He went through the New York City Public School system and is a graduate of Ithaca College. Mr. Glover teaches and conducts workshops/performances in Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn. He performed The Sonnet Man in Negril, Jamaica by special invitation from the Board of Education in the Soul Rebellion Hip Hop Festival and will be touring nationally.
Devon Glover was featured on The Today Show with a tremendous national response. The producer said, “I’ve never had so many emails from people saying how much they enjoyed the story and especially the song!” Watch the clip from The Today Show.