Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project: the break/s: a mixtape for stage

Directed by Michael John Garcés

"Thunderous, expansive... Rarely do word and movement mesh so seamlessly and elegantly... [Bamuthi's] stories put sound and gesture on a single continuum of expression." The Washington Post

Deftly combining his trademark rapid-fire wordplay and poetic reveries with phenomenal physical movement, Marc Joseph Bamuthi leaves it all on stage in the break/s, his multimedia journey across Planet Hip-Hop. The former National Poetry Slam champion takes inspiration from Jeff Chang's seminal account in Can't Stop Won't Stop and looks to his own personal narrative to play out a living history of the hip-hop generation. At turns self-deprecatingly funny and unsparingly frank, his dynamic, deeply felt stories track the rise of hip-hop from its homegrown local roots to a global cultural force--and the personal costs, chafing identity crises, and exacting racial and cultural expectations that came with this transformation. Directed by Michael John Garcés, the break/s: a mixtape for stage is performed by the magnetic Bamuthi in a percussive call-and-response format with turntablist DJ Excess and multi-instrumentalist Ajayi Jackson, accompanied by video by Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi.

Exective Producer: MAPP International Productions.

Funded in part with generous support from Lillian and Jon Lovelace, and Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin.

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Date/TimeGSTCA
WED 4/22
8:30 pm
$25$20$12
THURS 4/23
8:30 pm
$25$20$12
FRI 4/24
8:30 pm
$25$20$12
SAT 4/25
8:30 pm
$30$24$16
SUN 4/26
3:00 pm
$30$24$16

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff