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The Word Begins

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For booking information contact Katy Savard, Touring and Company Manager: katy@hhtf.org



“A compact, energetic 75 minutes on politics, race, religion, love, and hope”

- LA Weekly (Go!)

” one of the cleverest pieces of writing and performance you will have the

pleasure of seeing in a long time.”

- LA SPLASH

“Cleaning the cobwebs off language to get us to see reality with fresh eyes”

- LA Times

“Unforgettable performance peice” - LA Examiner

Rapid-fire, dangerous, powerful, and unpredictable.” – LA Weekly

“a touch of genius” – Norman Lear

“the perfect combination of soul and science” – Quincy Jones

“. . . creating a masterpiece” - LA Times

GO!  says the LA Weekly! Read the Review HERE.

CRITICS PICK! Backstage.com



Following a critically acclaimed, extended run at Rogue Machine theater in Los Angeles, The Word Begins is gearing up for an international tour.  Join the mailing list (sign up on the right-hand column) or check us out on Facebook for updates and tour dates.


If you are interested in bringing The Word Begins to your city, town, or campus email us at info(at)hhtf.org!


The Word Begins

Written and Performed by Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews
Developed and Directed by Robert Egan


Nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards, The Word Begins follows the hilarious and provocative journey of two men discovering the power of words to define love, faith, race and humanity in America. Mashing up theater, spoken word, comedy and Hip-Hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver a high-energy performance in this fresh new satire that examines the current cultural landscape.



PERSUE x THE WORD BEGINS L.A.




The Word Begins is co-produced by Hip-Hop Theater Festival through special arrangement with Prana Theatre Group and was originally produced at The Signature Theatre, Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director, and was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Robert Egan, Artistic Director.

DC Hip Hop Theater Festival

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The Hip-Hop Theater Festival returns this summer to Washington DC.

Join us in celebrating the full breadth of Hip hop Culture LIVE & on stage!

9th Annual DC Hip Hop Theater Festival
Presented by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Click here for a downloadable schedule.

DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival join forces again for the Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. This year, the 2010 Hip Hop Theater Festival comes to DC from July 5 – 9, 2010.

The summer of 2000 gave birth to the first New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF). It marked the first organized event showcasing the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop in one venue. That summer, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival brought together some of the finest actors, playwrights, b-boys and b-girls to narrate the stories of the Hip-Hop generation.

In its brief history, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival has expanded substantially from presenting two events in 80 and 150-seat theaters to 30 full-length productions and staged readings in multiple venues, and in various cities all around the country, including Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago.

Since its inception, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country and has become an important contributor to the cultural life of participating Festival cities.

For more information, contact Lisa Richards Toney.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Run of Events for the 2010 Hip-Hop Theater Festival:

TUESDAY, JULY 6:
The Foundation: DMC DJ Exhibition
Curated by Christie Z Pabon, DMC North American Producer
6pm @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage | 2700 F Street NW

4th Annual J Dilla Annual Benefit Concert
Produced by Munch for Groove Gumbo
10pm @ 930 Club | 815 V Street NW

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
Hip-Hop Humanities: A Day on Earth
Co-presented with The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
12-2pm @ Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History | 14th & Constitution Ave NW

Paige in Full
Written and performed by Paige Hernandez
Directed by Danielle A. Drakes
7pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

Ameriville: The “Sneak Peak”
Written and performed by Universes, directed by Chay Yew in special arrangement with the Roundhouse Theatre Company
9pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

THURSDAY, JULY 8
Where My Girlz At? A Comedia Look at Black Lesbian Communities
Written and Performed by Mica Mosely
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
9pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

Late Night Comedy Cabaret (with a hint of hip-hop)
Hosted by Kibibi Dillon
10pm @ Busboys & Poets | 2021 14th Street NW

FRIDAY, JULY 9
Keepin It Moving: The Legacy of Sandman Sims
Directed and choreographed by Holly Bass
A work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
7pm @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE

SATURDAY, JULY 10
The Freshest of All Time
Presented by Hip-Hop Theater Festival
A signature of event of Words Beats & Life
2pm-8pm @ Columbia Heights Youth Club | 1480 Girard Street NW

Keepin It Moving: The Legacy of Sandman Sims
Directed and choreographed by Holly Bass
A work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
7pm @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE

DC Festival Closing Night Party
10pm-Midnight @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE
For more info go to DCArts.dc.gov

Click here for a downloadable schedule.