Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman will perform The Canterbury Tales Remixed at Randolph-Macon
College on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center
for the Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public.
Brinkman, who describes himself as a “writer, actor, and tree planter,” is best
known for his award-winning hip-hop theatre shows, including The Rap Guide to Evolution
and The Canterbury Tales Remixed, which interpret the works of Darwin and Chaucer
for a modern audience.
The Canterbury Tales Remixed is written and performed by Brinkman, with music and
“turntablism” by Mr. Simmonds. The Canterbury Tales Remixed ran off-Broadway at
the Soho Playhouse from November 2011 until February 2012. His new show begins early
R-MC English Professor Amy Goodwin says that
Brinkman’s unique style is an entertaining and humorous way to bring Chaucer’s tales
“Chaucer was pretty hip in the fourteenth century,” says Goodwin. “It’s wonderfully
appropriate to have the hip-hop artist and medieval scholar Baba Brinkman perform
rap adaptations of the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer was a virtuoso artist.
The hip-hop artist wants you to lose yourself in the story but to appreciate the
art—the rhythm, the language, the whole performance. Brinkman’s rap is dazzling
and gripping. We’ll gain new insights into Chaucer’s tales and some of us may want
to try our own hand at adapting Chaucer.”
This event is sponsored by the English Department,
the Merrill Munyan Fund, and the
Washington Literary Society.
For more information, contact Amy Goodwin at (804) 752-7253 or