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The Living Word Project (LWP) creates verse-based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores, and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment.  Repertory works include No Man's Land, Cause, Word Becomes Flesh, and Scourge. LWP is the theater’s connection from Shakespeare’s quill to Kool Herc’s turntables; from Martha Graham’s cupped hand to Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. The Repertory Works of the LWP premiere at either the Living Word Festival or the Hip Hop Theater Festival Bay Area, then tour nationally and internationally year round, and are presented before audiences numbering over 100,000.

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. Scourge blends the traditions of Afro-Caribbean jazz, spoken word, and hip hop into a compelling historical narrative tracing the social and diplomatic trajectory of Haiti.
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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 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 a young single father’s perspective.
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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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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.
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