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    the break/s

    …premiered march 2008 // produced by MAPP International Productions

    Created by The Living Word Project / Marc Bamuthi Joseph
    Directed by Michael John Garcés

     


    A multimedia excursion across planet hip-hop, the break/s dramatically realizes the living history of the hip-hop generation through the performed personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. the break/s is a deeply honest investigation into the conflicts between Bamuthi’s public identity as successful spoken word artist, and his private identity as young man coming of age in our globalized, multieverything era. A life-long performer, he leaves it all on stage—simultaneously devouring the space with everything from shamrocks to attitude turns and eloquently spitting rhymes spoken from the heart.

    Joseph is the real deal, swinging with such confidence that you grasp for adjectives to capture his skills.” -Star Tribune

    In the break/s, the medium is also the message. In this “mixtape for the stage,” Bamuthi performs in a call-and-response format with turntablist DJ Excess, and beatboxer and percussionist Tommy Shepherd (aka Soulati). The multiple layers of meaning in their exchange are intensified by video projections, created by filmmaker Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi, composed of interviews and documentary footage of hip-hop culture throughout the world.
    Bamuthi drew inspiration for the break/s from Jeff Chang’s 2005 American Book Award winning publication, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, which definitively captures the birth of hiphop as a local movement inspired by a generation’s longing to make culture that impacts the world.

    A remarkable team of artists and creative advisors contributed to the break/s, led by director Michael John Garcés, and including dramaturg Brian Freeman, choreographer Stacy Printz, video and set designer David Szlaza, lighting designer James Clotfelter, and composer Ajayi Lumumba.

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=ED6DF841DEC19853

    a few links…

    MAPP International Productions

    the break/s press kit PDF

    Schedule…

    Jan 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    the break/s Under the Radar @   

    The Public Theater (symposium)

    Jan 10 – Jan 11, 2009
    New York, NY
    the break/s Under the Radar @   

    The Public Theater

    Jan 10, 2009
    New York, NY
    Special Interest Session: break/s beyond the ballot,empowering   

    youth to use art to create social change 9-10am

    Sheraton New York   

    Conference C

    Jan 14 – Jan 17, 2009
    New York, NY
    the break/s Under the Radar @   

    The Public Theater

    Jan 22 – Jan 24, 2009
    New Haven, CT
    the break/s Yale Repertory Theatre
    Feb 20 – Feb 21, 2009
    Miami, FL
    the break/s Miami Dade College
    Mar 26 – Mar 28, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    the break/s Museum of Contemporary Art
    Apr 23 – Apr 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    the break/s REDCAT
    May 15 – May 16, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    the break/s August Wilson Center   

    for African American Culture

    Jun 17 – Jun 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Jun 23, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Jun 25 – Jun 28, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Jun 30 – Jul 3, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Jul 5, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Jul 7 – Jul 12, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage ACT Theatre
    Oct 24 – Oct 25, 2009
    Troy, NY
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic
    Jan 29, 2010
    Chapel Hill, NC
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage Carolina Performing Arts   

    at the University of North Carolina

    Apr 24, 2010
    Madison, WI
    the break/s: a mixtape for stage Wisconsin Union Theater

     

    For more information contact:
    Cathy Zimmerman
    Co-Director & Producer
    MAPP International Productions
    140 Second Avenue, Suite 502
    New York, NY 10003
    T: 646.602.9390
    E: cathy@mappinternational.org

    A big thanks…

    Lead commissioning and development support for the break/s was provided by the Humana Festival/ Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and National Black Arts Festival. Additional residencies were held at Painted Bride Art Center; University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Z Space. The project has received generous support from the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Creative Capital, The James Irvine Foundation, Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, The MAP Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Emerging Playwrights 2006 Initiative, and Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative.

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