Alpert Award-winning theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s performance draws on hip-hop’s interdisciplinary foundations to create a kaleidoscopic investigation of collective responsibility in an era of climate change. Within an evolving modular stage set-cum-art installation — an interactive shotgun cabin constructed from reclaimed materials by visual artist Theaster Gates — Bamuthi and his performers deliver verse and songs that examine notions of “living green,” and what that might mean to communities under social and economic duress. Backed by documentary video, red, black & GREEN: a blues is shaped by stories gathered during urban eco-festivals organized by Bamuthi Joseph in cities across the U.S., and offers an expansive vision of environmental justice, social ecology and what it means to nurture ourselves and the planet. Directed by Michael John Garcés, Bamuthi is joined onstage by a multi-talented cast, including Tommy Shepherd (a.k.a. Emcee Soulati), Traci Tolmaire and Yaw.
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