Tuesday, August 6, 7:30pm Logan Center, Performance Hall
Award-winning hip hop poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s "Word Becomes Flesh" returns to Chicago, re-invented with an ensemble cast from a new generation. Word Becomes Flesh is a deeply honest and raw physical performance, blending spoken word, dance and live music. This series of performed letters from a young, single father to his unborn son, fuses tender stories, playful wit—and at times, purposeful rage—to give voice to complexities and contradictions surrounding race and gender in America. Led by an exceptionally talented cast of emerging poet-performers, with deep honesty and raw physicality, this play integrates hip-hop theater and contemporary dance performance to deconstruct black male identity in the 21st century. This show critically, lyrically and choreographically shares one man's personal experience of fatherhood—and in doing so examines the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege, the continuum between fathers and sons, and the relationships of women and men. Together these narratives confront the intersection between the reality and the mythology of the black male body—from the cotton field to the athletic field and all spaces in between. Written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite, Daveed Diggs, Dion Decibels, Khalil Anthony, Michael Turner and Carvens Lissant. Presented in partnership with Youth Speaks. Proceeds will benefit Brave New Voices. DISCLAIMER: Strong language,and adult themes. May not be appropriate for 13 or under.
TICKETS FOR THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE, BUT CAN STILL BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR UNTIL SHOW TIME.