• LIFE is LIVING

    LIFE is LIVING

    LIFE is LIVING is a national campaign that uses a new form of green spoken story telling — one that represents the diverse and changing perspectives on what it means to be environmentally just.

  • War: The One Drop Rule

    War: The One Drop Rule

    War Peace: The One Drop Rule, a youth driven hip hop theater piece that imagines the Bay Area as a potential war zone in a time of protracted drought. Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, War Peace is collaboratively written and performed by Chinaka Hodge, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, and Nico Cary with choreography by Emmy Award [...]

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    the break/s

    the break/s

    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.

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    Scourge

    Scourge

    Scourge is a hip hop theater piece which blends the traditions of Afro-Caribbean jazz, spoken word, and contemporary and folkloric movement into a compelling historical narrative tracing the social and diplomatic trajectory of Haiti. 

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    In Spite of Everything

    In Spite of Everything

    In Spite of Everything features the Bay Area’s most dynamic spoken word trio, the collective known as “The Suicide Kings” (think Culture Clash meets I was Born with Two Tongues in a moshpit) and theatrically documents their unlikely movement away from the precipice of their own lives, to the center of the public school system in Northern California.

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    Word Becomes Flesh

    Word Becomes Flesh

    Word Becomes Flesh  is a fluid evening length choreopoem, the latest in a long tradition of narrative verse plays whose contributors range from Shakespeare to Ntozake Shange. Presented as a series of performed letters to his unborn son, the piece uses poetry, dance, live music and visual art to document nine months of pregnancy from [...]

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    Cause

    Cause

    Cause, features the musical score of Jonathan Norton and a series of Spoken Word pieces originally created by six members of Youth Speaks.

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    No Man’s Land

    No Man’s Land

    In No Man’s Land, spoken word poet Beau Sia—with collaborators James Kass, Paul Flores, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, all long-time instructors and mentors for Youth Speaks—explored archetypal, cross-cultural and contemporary concepts of manhood through a spoken word theater piece.