Rogue Machine Theatre
the World Premiere of

by Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews

Directed by
Robert Egan

Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews

Produced by
Robert Egan

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.

Sound Design: Adam Phalen
Set design: 
Sara Ryung Clement, Omar Ramirez, Adam Flemming, Francisco Garcia, Robert Cortes and Fabian Debora
Corwin Evans
Costume Design:
 Sara Ryung Clement
Production Manager: Amanda Mauer

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.


Connell and Andrews feed off one another in a dynamic performance that continually expands and contracts in energy… I was inspired as much by the onstage performance as by the packed house at Rogue Machine last Saturday night: a young, diverse, artistically and politically charged community that “braved Carmageddon” to gather.

- Stage and Cinema       

[read the entire review here]

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