About the Grant

$35,000 to support the break's (MAP 2007), a new multimedia theater work created by writer/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director Chay Yew, and dramaturg Brian Freeman, that joins personal narrative and social history in a poetic investigation of identity.

About the Project

the break's is a multimedia excursion across planet hip-hop, presented in verse, dance and film, which dramatically realizes the living history of the hip-hop generation through the performed personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. the break's draws its inspiration from Bamuthi's emergence as an artist in a time of hip-hop globalization and Jeff Chang's Can't Stop Won't Stop, a 2005 American Book Award winner, which captures the creation of hip-hop as a local political and artistic movement inspired by a generation's longing to make culture that impacts the world.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph


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