The Word Begins: Comedy, Spoken Word and Hip Hop Combined
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Dubbed "a genteel regional impressionist" by The New York Times, monologist and Los Angeles theater vet Jan Munroe reprises his ground-breaking one-man show on the 30th anniversary of its debut. Alligator Tails recreates the goings-on in the small Florida town of his ancestors, which is filled with colorful characters and plenty of swamp-dwelling secrets. The winner of an L.A. Weekly and Drama-Logue Award for this show, Munroe's gone on to receive nine more of those prizes, and has appeared opposite his wife Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) on stage as well. Learn More
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Featured review from BobbieRed Velvet
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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, front row, to the left as you enter. I and those seated on the full front row all served as "human props" and we loved it!
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“…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.