"A DAZZLING COMBINATION OF HIP-HOP POETRY AND SINGING, and impossibly eloquent, intense acting, all laid over the superstructure of a brilliantly fluid dramatic structure -- Matt Sax regales, pleads and entertains his audience."
-Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter (review online)
"A young white boy from Chicago... is currently singing, dancing and acting in a KICK-BUTT, RHYME-BUSTING MUSICAL DRAMA, during whose run the Kirk Douglas Theater had better keep up the insurance on its roof."
-Bob Verini, Variety (review online)
"When words speak truth, hip-hop will prevail."
come inside / open your ears up wide/
we're about to ride through a glorious sky/
outside/ the world is cold/ in here/
we're straight on fire/
words dripping from these walls of mine
When Clifford's suburban family explodes into divorce and violence, he runs -- and finds an unlikely protector in Sir John, a master of the spoken word and aspiring hip-hop producer with a mysterious past. Sir John teaches Clifford to use hip-hop to find his voice -- and discovers a talent that just might take the world by storm. As Clifford ascends to stardom as the phenom Clay, his world is turned upside down by a past that won't let loose.
An explosive performance in a rock-and-roll fable featuring an arresting and original hip-hop score.
"Clay is the kind of phenomenon that dazzles you and whets your appetite."
-Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register (review online)
“With his rubbery face, deft morphing into and out of multiple characters and ages, and feverish command of the hip-shop style, Sax is clearly a master of the form.”
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times