Written by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by Lisa Evans May 6 – June 2, 2018
Live Oak Theater, Berkeley
1992. Kenya. The tiny, rural village, Luoland, some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. Two women fall in love: Bobby, a blond American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. When famine strikes, the villagers blame the women’s love. To regain equilibrium, to make everything “normal” once again, Awino – butch bordering on trans – must be “circumcised” – by force – so s/he can act like a “real” woman rather than a woman “who wants to be” a man, and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Or will the village itself change?
“Waafrika, skillfully crafted and chillingly paced, may be the first play addressing FGM together with issues related to transgender and lesbian love. It amplifies our understanding and opens our hearts.”
-Dr. Dagmar Schultz, producer and director of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 -1992.