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at Orange Ave 5041 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019
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We parked for free on a sunday in a side street that didn't have meters anyway.
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The weather was raindy. I wore casual. It's cold in Theater, Theater so take a light sweater. I wasn't that cold, but girls in my party were..
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4.8 average rating
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1 stars
attended Jul 24 2011

Awesome! This show was not what I expected - it was even better in a way I didn't expect at all - it's funny, insightful, smart, and philosophical but not preachy. The "hip hop" thing almost scared me off because I'm not exactly urban but you...continued

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29 reviews
32 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

Funny, energetic, intelligent and thought-provoking theatre! See it twice; each viewing imparts poignant and clear lessons. Ladies on the front row, you'll be incorporated in the play in a warm and humorous way. I was in one of the two seats,...continued

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22 stars
attended Aug 04 2011

Provocative is one word to begin to describe! Very impressive & captivating. I wish the run would be extended so more people could share in this vital vehicle of compassion, identity and personal resposibility-oh yeah-and laugh too!

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Quotes & Highlights

“…the performers have a natural chemistry. Connell has a clownish side and a direct fearlessness; Andrews has a lush voice and an easy lyricism. Their humor can get down and dirty, but their good intentions are never in doubt.” —Los Angeles Times
“This cheerful two-man, spoken-word romp through territories expected (race relations) and unusual (dirty ideas for hallmark cards) stars an adorable odd couple: Steve Connell and Sekou [Andrews].” —TimeOut New York_ _


The Word Begins

Written and Performed by Sekou Andrews and Steve Connell

Developed and Directed by Robert Egan

Mashing up spoken word, comedy and hip-hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver hyper-kinetic performances in this fresh new satire that examines the current American cultural landscape as it appears to a young white man and a young black man.

Nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards, The Word Begins follows the journey of two men as they explore race, faith and morality in America — from the inner cities to the heartland. Throughout their compelling journey, Sekou and Steve move through a chaotic landscape as they attempt to come to terms with the realities of this American moment.