Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh


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Bay-area based Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a highly decorated artist with honors spanning the cultural arts and entertainment industry – National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway vet, Goldie award winner, US Artists Rockefeller Fellow, named “Top Young Innovator” by Smithsonian Magazine, charged as artistic director to the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices.

Stemming from his landmark solo work which premiered in Philadelphia at the Bride during the Live Arts Festival in 2006, as artistic director, Joseph remixes Word Becomes Flesh into a multi-player work of theater including new writing and new direction. He gathers Youth Speaks Living Word Project vets Daveed Diggs, Dahlak Brathwaite, Dion Decibels, Ben Turner, Mic Turner and B. Yung. Through spoken word, dance, djing and visuals, the talented collective delivers audiences a series performed letters spanning a nine month period reflecting a young single father’s thoughts and emotions in anticipation of unborn son.  As women continue to live out the pro life vs. choice debate, men continue to live out their social right to choose between committing to fatherhood vs. being absent from responsibility. Word Becomes Flesh critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines this domestic phenomenon within the constructs of hip-hip culture.

Word Becomes Flesh is a National Performance Network (NPN) Re-Creation Fund Project sponsored by La Pena in partnership with the painted Bride Art Center, Dance Place], Youth Speaks and NPN. This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Ford Foundation. For more information: