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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
the break/s: a mixtape for the stage

Mar 26–28, 2009

Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28, 7:30 pm

Tickets $25, MCA members $20

Poet and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph conveys the history of the hip-hop generation through his own personal coming-of-age story using verse, dance, and film in this dramatic multimedia performance, a “mixtape for the stage.” Joseph collaborates with award-winning author Jeff Chang, whose book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop captures the creation of the hip-hop culture as a local, political, and artistic movement. To embrace the power of improvisation, the sound score and visual projections are mixed in the moment by a DJ and a beatboxer.

Running time: 80 minutes, no intermission
* Contains adult content

Learn more: Marc Bamuthi Joseph on YouTube:


Program Notes


The MCA presentation of the break/s is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.