Comedy meets political theory in the play Till the Break of Dawn. Written and directed by Hip-Hop theater veteran Danny Hoch, the 11 character production finds a group of friends living in New York pre-9/11. Staying true to the Hip-Hop culture itself, Hochs play running at the Abrons Art Center in New York Citys Lower East Side introduces characters that represent the battle between activism and commercialism. The main character, Gibran (James Jostling) lies on the activist side of the Hip-Hop spectrum. His modest Brooklyn digs is the spot in which his group of friends meet to discuss their upcoming trip to Cuba for a music festival. Since most of Gibrans friends are Hispanic their connection to Cuba is also rooted in a small level of cultural understanding. That is until Adam (Matthew-Lee Reach) walks through the door in all of his white boy glory. Adam is a Jewish music producer who works with indie artist but isnt afraid to name drop artists like Nas in a sentence just to show he has clout. Though they initially protests Adam going on the trip (for obvious reasons) hes funding it so they cant really be too mad.Among Gibrans most outrageous friends is Hector (Flacon Navajo), the young Puerto Rican New Yorker whos so excited about the revolution that he never bothers to understand what it means. Instead he spews out the word every chance he gets as if hes saying hello. Once in Cuba the group finds that the atmosphere isnt what they expected. Though they never openly admit it their preconceived notion is that people in Cuba, namely Americans living there, are freedom fighters. Instead life in Cuba is much harder for both natives and immigrants. Hearing the terrorist have struck the World Trade Center is what brings all of the chaos to a halt. No more foolish arguments or banter. The raw emotion from Hectors girlfriend (Patty Dukes) whose cousin worked in one of the towers and cant be reached by phone brings everyone back down to reality. They re-establish what is important and think about how life can change in a split second. Till the Break of Dawn is interesting in that Hoch provides familiar ideologies as seen through the eyes of these characters. Everyone knows a guy like Hector who feels like the man is holding him down, but isnt really mad enough to do something as simple as get a job to better himself . Or Gibran, who struggles with getting a corporate job when he too wants to make a difference in his community and among members of the Hip-Hop generation. The actors do a wonderful job in committing to each character so closely that it doesnt seem like theyre even acting. Each act is highly engaging on a comedic level but equally thought provoking. This style is a testament to Hochs excellent writing and directing abilities. After all good art should leave you with something to think about, day and night.