Center for the Arts Presents Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s ‘Scourge’

Posted: April 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Photo by Gabriella Marks

Acclaimed poet, Broadway veteran and multifaceted artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs “Scourge” – a reimagining of his native Haiti – at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

More than a simply a political treatise, “Scourge” examines the history of the people of Haiti and their rich traditions and cultural and societal influences.

Commissioned by George Mason University, the National Performance Network, Dance Place and the Bates Dance Festival, “Scourge” reflects on the plight of Haiti in the post-colonial New World and was developed during the artist’s tenure as a Phillis Wattis Artist-in-Residence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Collaborators for “Scourge” include renowned choreographer Rennie Harris, Grammy-nominated composer John Santos, dramaturg Roberta Uno and director Kamilah Forbes of the New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is originally from New York City and currently lives in Oakland, Calif. An acclaimed arts activist, Bamuthi entered the world of literary performance after working in traditional theater, most notably on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning “The Tap Dance Kid.” His evening-length work “Word Becomes Flesh” has found a home in the seasons of Seattle’s On the Boards, Houston’s Diverse Works, Washington, D.C.’s Dance Place and New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, among other national venues.

A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tickets are $30, $22 and $15. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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