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Ease on Down the Road to See ”What It Iz: The Spokenwordical” at the Kumble Theater

Hip-hop remix of ‘The Wiz,’ by writer/activist Bryonn Bain, to take place on April 23


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

What It Iz: The SpokenwordicalBrooklyn, N.Y. – For a fresh urban take on the 1970s musical, “The Wiz,” come on down to Long Island University’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts” to see “What It Iz: The Spokenwordical.”

A fusion of traditional musical theater, hip-hop and spoken word poetics, the latest incarnation of Frank L. Baum’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” will take place on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The suggested donation for students is $5 to $10, and for the general public, $10.

Kumble Theater is located at the University’s Brooklyn Campus, on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit; or contact

Directed by acclaimed poet, actor and LIU Scholar/Artist-in-Residence Bryonn Bain, the production features a Video DJ and will offer a special performance for teenagers incarcerated in Rikers Island prison.

“It is a journey of self-discovery from the birth of hip hop through the social and political corruption that fuels the current incarceration epidemic,” said Bain, a Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion. Bain was wrongfully imprisoned during his second year at Harvard Law, and later sued the police department and won.

In this production, which is presented by Blackout Arts Collective, a grassroots arts and activism organization, Dorothy is transported from the disco era into a hip hop generation faced with terrorism, police brutality, music industry shenanigans and street hustlers, new world technology, and the world's largest prison population. She meets a notoriously sexist rap star longing for self-love; a small-time hustler named “Smooth;” and a paranoid Black Panther wanna-be, “Assata,” in search of self-determination after barely surviving the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers.

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Posted 04/08/2011

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