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This show closed on May 5, 2019

About /peh-LO-tah/

Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s love of soccer is a heritage story. As a child of Haitian immigrants, the blissful freedom of the soccer field represented the race toward the American dream. Using spoken word and fútbol-inspired choreography, "/peh-LO-tah/" travels from the pickup games in rural Haiti to the World Cup stadiums of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, all while combating the discrepancies of a game that promises freedom yet suffers from racial inequities. An exploration of childhood fantasies and global realities, "/peh-LO-tah/" is a multi-disciplinary performance set to sounds of hip hop and samba that celebrates the joy of soccer as perhaps the only game the entire world can agree to play together.

Run Time

80min, no intermission

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Recommended for ages 13 and up.

“They pour their sweat into it, playing on double meanings of ‘goal’, ‘pass’ and ‘run’, offering a collage of scenes personal and political.”
The Chicago Stage Standard
“As bad as things get, Mr. Joseph wants to find joy and beauty in the world. When an ecstatic howl of “Gooooooooal!” suddenly resonates in the theater, as passionate as a gospel cry, you may find yourself agreeing with him.”
The New York Times
“It’s a whole song composed of nothing but the struggling human breath.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Robert J Orchard Stage at Emerson Paramount Center

559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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