The letter reveals that Wolf's great-grandfather was a vaudevillian who wrote "a famous song that people still sing, but because the authors were Jewish, there's no credit on it." The tune is about a boy playing with a hoop and a stick ("The PlayStation of the 1900s," quipped Wolf) who trips and falls and bites his tongue. "But he picks himself up and brushes himself off and says, basically, 'It'll take more than that to get a Hamburg boy down.'" So along with the play's serious, critical examinations of cultural phenomena such as the link between concentration camps and the prison-industrial complex, look for the hip hop version of "An De Eck Steit Jung Mit'n Tuedelband."
Wolf has a healthy sense of humor about the show (insert Hamburger joke here -- he would), but his goals for the project are nothing short of idealistic. "People ask, 'Is it quote-unquote hip hop theater?'" he related, obviously somewhat conflicted. "It's kind of like the energy of the struggle of hip hop -- racism and dealing with people based on their outward appearances -- versus a real human understanding of what people are." Stateless travels to Hamburg later this year.