Marc Bamuthi Joseph Explores His Relationship with Soccer and Haitian-American Identity at N.C. State | Arts

Marc Bamuthi Joseph Explores His Relationship with Soccer and Haitian-American Identity at N.C. State

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph - PHOTO COURTESY OF NC STATE LIVE
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  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
NCSU's Stewart Theatre, Raleigh
8 p.m., $7-$31
live.arts.ncsu.org

By now, our region's college sports fans are acutely aware—or at least, they should be—of the ethical complexities and complicities of rooting for their favorite team: the tinge of neocolonial exploitation that taints an endeavor in which everyone gets paid except the players, a generation-long academic scandal and cover-up, and the convenient myopia of supposed regulatory groups. Marc Bamuthi Joseph knows our pain. In /peh-LO-tah/ (the pronunciation of the Spanish word for "ball"), the nationally renowned Haitian-American writer, dancer, and performer probes his complicated lifelong love affair with soccer. In a work that has been compared to Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, Joseph considers the parallels of playing soccer, the process of aging, the experience of immigrants, and being black in America.


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